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Accused's attorney withdraws motion to suppress evidence

January 26, 2007|by ERIN JULIUS

An attorney for a man charged in the July 2006 shooting death of a young mother on a Hagerstown street withdrew a motion to suppress evidence Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court.

Assistant Public Defender Carl Creeden said he was withdrawing the motion after consulting with his client, Demetrius P. McDaniels.

McDaniels, 28, whose last known address was 10522 Noland Drive in Hagerstown, is charged with first-degree felony murder and first-degree premeditated murder in the death of 20-year-old Trisiviah Rodriguez.

Rodriguez was fatally shot July 31, 2006, near her home on East Franklin Street. McDaniels was charged later that day.

The count of felony murder reflects that McDaniels is accused of committing murder during the commission of other crimes, Washington County District Court Commissioner Cheryl Titus said.

At his preliminary hearing, District Judge Mark D. Thomas warned McDaniels that the charges he faces are potential death-sentence charges.

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