Attempted second-degree murder charges forwarded

September 13, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

Probable cause was found Tuesday to forward to Washington County Circuit Court attempted second-degree murder and other felony charges against Emeilio Guen Rodriguez in a July 16 shooting in Hagerstown.

Rodriguez, 43, of 53 E. Franklin St., faces 15 charges in connection with the shooting in the 300 block of Bethune Avenue.

During his District Court preliminary hearing Tuesday, District Judge Mark D. Thomas said he felt Hagerstown Police Department Detective Casey Yonkers' testimony about witness accounts was sufficient evidence to carry the charges to the higher court.

"It makes you wonder what else was going on, but that's not up to me today," he said.

Yonkers testified that Tyrone Wheeler requested Rodriguez and Hipolito Torres-Jimenez go to his home at about 5:30 p.m. so his daughter could identify a man who she alleged followed her two weeks earlier.


When Wheeler's daughter identified Torres-Jimenez as the man who followed her, Wheeler punched Torres-Jimenez, Yonkers testified.

When that happened, Rodriguez "pulled a handgun from his waistband and shot at" Wheeler, Yonkers testified.

He testified that the police camera system in the neighborhood depicted Rodriguez firing the gun and moving his arm in the direction of a nearby porch, where four of Wheeler's relatives sat.

Yonkers testified that no shell casings or bullet marks for the shots were found. Witnesses said that one to five shots were fired, he said. The gun was not found, Yonkers testified.

Rodriguez's daughter, Trisiviah Rodriguez, 20, was shot to death in the first block of East Franklin Street on July 31.

Hagerstown Police Department Lt. Mike King has said the July 16 shooting and the July 31 shooting do not appear to be related.

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