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Hagerstown woman charged in slaying

October 12, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - A Hagerstown woman is charged with first-degree murder in the Oct. 5 shooting death of 23-year-old David Leonard Moore in an apartment building at 101 East Ave.

Michelle Lenee Hebron, 23, of 101 East Ave., Apt. 3, was arrested Wednesday night by Hagerstown Police, Sgt. Paul Kifer said Thursday morning.

Hebron is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder and other crimes, Kifer said. She was being held without bond Thursday night at the Washington County Detention Center, a jail spokeswoman said.

A conviction on a first-degree murder charge carries a possible death sentence.

Moore, of 105 E. Washington St., was found shot in the head Oct. 5, lying at the base of a staircase in the first-floor hallway of the apartment building.

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Hebron and Moore were acquaintances, Kifer said.

Hebron appeared Thursday afternoon before Washington County District Judge Ralph H. France II via closed-circuit television from the detention center for a bond review hearing.

Deputy District Public Defender Eric A. Reed represented Hebron at the hearing.

Assistant State's Attorney Mark Boyer said the state objected to any bail being set.

A witness identified Hebron as the woman who pulled a handgun from her front pocket and shot Moore in the left side of the head above the ear, Boyer said.

The witness, who was not named in court documents, identified Hebron in a photo array of six similarly featured women, court documents show.

Hebron has a criminal record that includes convictions of second-degree assault, malicious destruction of property, trespassing, felony theft and carrying a deadly weapon, Boyer said.

Hebron's record consists of relatively minor convictions, Reed said.

The statement of charges does not name the witness who saw Hebron pull a gun, but "there ought to be something more in the statement to give people confidence that the charges are properly brought," Reed said.

Hebron was taking classes at Hagerstown Community College so she could earn her GED, Reed said.

She was born in Baltimore and worked at a Home Depot in Annapolis, court documents show.

She served time in prison in Jessup, Md., and has lived at The Salvation Army shelter in Hagerstown, according to Washington County District Court documents.

She was unemployed at the time of her arrest and living with a friend, records show.

Hebron was released from prison in April after serving time for a weapons charge, a Division of Correction spokesman said Thursday afternoon.

Investigators identified Hebron as a suspect Tuesday, and she was arrested at 8:49 p.m. Wednesday in the 100 block of North Locust Street, Kifer said.

She also was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, carrying a handgun on her person, use of a handgun in the commission of a felony and reckless endangerment, Kifer said.

Investigators plan to interview more people and were still trying to piece together a motive, Kifer said.

A preliminary hearing in Washington County District Court is set for Nov. 8 at 1 p.m.

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