Judge postpones ruling on murder suspect's statement

January 18, 2007|by PEPPER BALLARD

A Washington County Circuit judge held off on ruling Tuesday whether a murder suspect voluntarily talked to police about a July 2006 homicide in downtown Hagerstown.

Raheen Tajohn Edwin, 31, has been indicted on charges of first-degree murder and second-degree murder, among others, in the July 31, 2006, shooting death of Trisiviah Rodriguez, 20, on East Franklin Street.

Edwin is to go to trial on the charges Feb. 3.

Edwin's attorney, Wiley Rutledge, argued Tuesday that detectives should have stopped questioning Edwin when he told them he wanted to stop the tape Sept. 8, 2006.

Washington County Deputy State's Attorney Joseph Michael argued that Edwin made those statements but continued answering questions asked by the detectives.


Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, who presided over the motions hearing, asked attorneys to supply him with case law examples supporting their arguments within a week.

No details of the investigation were revealed in the hearing.

At about 12:40 a.m. on July 31, 2006, police found Rodriguez dead on the sidewalk in the first block of East Franklin Street from a gunshot wound, according to court documents. Police said an altercation involving a group of people resulted in gunfire.

Three others are charged in the shooting.

Demetrius P. McDaniels, 28, of 10522 Noland Drive in Hagerstown, also faces first-degree murder charges in the shooting.

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