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Second man charged in murder has bond hearing

September 11, 2006|By PEPPER BALLARD

HAGERSTOWN

By PEPPER BALLARD

pepperb@herald-mail.com

A second man charged in the July 31 shooting death of a Hagerstown woman was ordered held without bond in two cases Monday during a Washington County District Court bail review hearing.

Raheen Tajohn Edwin, 31, faces 12 charges - including first-degree felony murder and first-degree premeditated murder - in the death of Trisiviah Rodriguez, 20, of 56 E. Antietam St., according to court documents.

District Judge Ralph H. France II set Edwin's preliminary hearing for Oct. 5. On that date, Edwin will have a preliminary hearing on charges in connection with Rodriguez's death and on drug charges that were filed in connection with his arrest Thursday, France said.

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Edwin, whose last known address was 133 Legion St. in Brooklyn, N.Y., faces charges of possession of Ecstasy, possession with the intent to distribute Ecstasy and possession of paraphernalia. Police allege they found drugs on Edwin when they arrested him.

France ordered Edwin held without bond in both the murder and drug cases.

He ordered bond remain at $2,000 for an unrelated failure to appear in court charge.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Arthur Rozes told France that Edwin has an extensive record, including convictions in several states and pending failure to appear charges in Augusta, Ga., and Chicago.

"This defendant is a high flight risk," Rozes said.

After the past convictions and pending cases were read, Edwin, who appeared in court via closed circuit television, announced, "I just remembered - I got a court date next week in Tennessee. How do I go about taking care of that?"

France suggested he speak with his attorney. Edwin told France earlier that he talked with a public defender Monday.

Edwin was arrested Thursday after a car and foot chase beginning in Noland Village, more than a month after police issued a warrant for his arrest.

Demetrius P. McDaniels, 28, of 10522 Noland Drive in Hagerstown, was arrested and charged with first-degree felony murder and first-degree premeditated murder, among related charges, in connection with Rodriguez's death within days of the shooting.

McDaniels was being held at the Washington County Detention Center without bond Monday, a jail spokesman said.

At about 12:40 a.m. on July 31, police found Rodriguez dead on the sidewalk in the first block of East Franklin Street from gunshot wounds, according to court documents. Police said an altercation involving a group of people erupted into gunfire.

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