Third man indicted in slaying

September 15, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

HAGERSTOWN - A Washington County grand jury indicted a third man Tuesday in the July 31 shooting death of a 20-year-old Hagerstown woman, according to court documents.

Daynard Johnson, 26, was indicted on counts of accessory after the fact and wearing, carrying and knowingly transporting a handgun in connection with the East Franklin Street shooting.

Hagerstown Police Department Lt. Mike King alleged Johnson drove the getaway vehicle for Demetrius P. McDaniels, 28, and Raheen Tajohn Edwin, 31, who also were indicted Tuesday for their roles in Trisiviah Rodriguez's death. McDaniels and Edwin have been charged with first-degree premeditated murder and first-degree felony murder.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Johnson, whose last known address was the Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center in Baltimore, according to his court file.


Rodriguez was found on the sidewalk, dead from a gunshot wound to the head, in the first block of East Franklin Street, at about 12:40 a.m., charging documents state. Police said an altercation involving a group of people erupted into gunfire.

McDaniels and Edwin also were indicted on counts of second-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder and first-degree assault.

McDaniels, whose last known address was 10522 Noland Drive in Hagerstown, and Edwin, whose last known address was 133 Legion St. in Brooklyn, N.Y., also were indicted on counts that allege they assaulted and attempted to kill Russell Walker, who told police two men tried to rob him before the shooting occurred.

McDaniels and Edwin are scheduled to appear Oct. 3 in Washington County Circuit Court.

Edwin was arrested Sept. 7 after a car and foot chase that began in Noland Village. McDaniels was arrested within days of the shooting.

Both men were being held without bond Thursday at the Washington County Detention Center, a jail spokesman said.

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