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Suspect in slaying to remain in custody

August 02, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

HAGERSTOWN - A 27-year-old man accused of shooting to death a Hagerstown woman on a downtown street after midnight Sunday was ordered Tuesday to remain in jail without bond by a Washington County District judge.

Demetrius "Meech" Pierr McDaniels of 1052 D Noland Drive faces 15 charges - including counts of first-degree murder and first-degree murder during the commission of a felony - in the death of Trisiviah Rodriguez, 20, of 56 E. Antietam St., in the first block of East Franklin Street early Monday.

Hagerstown Police Department Lt. Mike King said police were searching for another man who they believe was also involved in the shooting.

King would not release further details.

King said Rodriguez was shot on the south side of the block, one door west of Potomac Seafood at 67 E. Franklin St.

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District Judge Ralph H. France II told McDaniels, who appeared in court Tuesday via closed circuit television, that because of the seriousness of the charges, he would order McDaniels to remain held without bond.

A Washington County District Court commissioner on Monday ordered McDaniels be held without bond.

"This was a shooting where at least six rounds were fired from a gun, a 10 mm gun," Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Viki Pauler told France. "The victim was left lying on the sidewalk of Franklin Street with a bullet wound to her head."

Pauler said Rodriguez was the mother of a 4-month-old.

At his bond review hearing Tuesday, McDaniels acknowledged that the first-degree murder charges carry a maximum penalty of death if he is convicted.

McDaniels, wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, answered only "yes" to the questions asked of him.

Assistant Public Defender Carl Creeden, who was representing McDaniels, urged him "not to say anything."

According to charging documents, police responding to a report of shots fired in the first block of East Franklin Street found Rodriguez lying dead on her stomach on the sidewalk at 12:42 a.m. Monday.

A search of the area turned up shell casings from a 10 mm pistol, documents state. A woman told police that before shots were fired she walked past two men sitting in a running white Chrysler parked in the first block of East Franklin Street.

The witness said she heard a gunshot and then saw a man walk toward her from the middle of the block, charging documents state. After that, she "heard what she believed to be four or five more gunshots from the same location," followed by two men running toward her, according to court documents.

One of the men she recognized as McDaniels. She told police that he screamed, "I missed yo', I missed. Whoever I was aiming for I missed. I shot somebody, I really don't care who I was aiming for, I missed," documents state.

Using the downtown camera system, police viewed a white car matching the woman's description of the Chrysler leaving the scene after shots were fired, police said in charging documents.

Before the shooting, Russell Lamont Walker told police he was approached by two armed men who ordered him to empty his pockets as he sat on a porch step in that block, charging documents state. Walker removed items from his right pocket and put them on the steps, but the men did not seem interested, according to charging documents. The men let Walker go, but as he was walking away, he told police he heard gunshots and ducked behind a black vehicle in that block where Walker said Rodriguez was shot.

A check of McDaniels' background indicated he has been convicted of attempted second-degree armed robbery in New York, police said in charging documents.

France set a preliminary hearing for McDaniels for Sept. 6.

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