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Hearing put off

man accused in slaying urged to get attorney

August 30, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

HAGERSTOWN - A man charged in the July 31 shooting death of a 20-year-old woman in Hagerstown appeared Tuesday without an attorney for his preliminary hearing in Washington County District Court.

The hearing for Demetrius "Meech" Pierr McDaniels, 27, of 1052 D Noland Drive, was postponed so he could obtain a lawyer to represent him on 15 charges - including first-degree premeditated murder and first-degree felony murder - filed against him in the death of Trisiviah Rodriguez.

Rodriguez, a Hagerstown resident, was shot in the head at about 12:42 a.m. while standing in the first block of East Franklin Street, charging documents state. She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to court documents.

"These are potential death sentence charges," District Judge Mark D. Thomas warned McDaniels.

Thomas read through the charges, listing the maximum penalty that each carries.

Thomas told McDaniels that he must find an attorney or represent himself.

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"Do not procrastinate, sir," Thomas told McDaniels, who stood before the court wearing an orange Washington County Detention Center jumpsuit.

McDaniels told Thomas that he spoke with a public defender. Assistant Public Defender Carl Creeden represented him at his bond review hearing.

A new date for a preliminary hearing was not set.

Police were searching Tuesday for a second man wanted in connection with the shooting. Raheen Edwin, 31, is charged with first-degree and second-degree murder, among other charges, in Rodriguez's death.

A woman told police that just before Rodriguez was shot, she heard a gunshot, saw a man walk toward her from the middle of the first block of East Franklin Street and then heard "four or five gunshots," charging documents state.

Following the shots, the woman saw two men - one of whom she recognized as McDaniels - running toward her, according to documents.

She told police that she saw McDaniels putting a gun in his waistband as he screamed, "I missed yo', I missed. Whoever I was aiming for, I missed. I shot somebody ..." documents state.

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