HAGERSTOWN -- Indictments were handed up Tuesday against Douglas Wayne Pryor, who was charged in December in the stabbing death of his former girlfriend and in the fatal shooting of a Smithsburg police officer.
Prosecutors sought an indictment for a number of reasons, Deputy State's Attorney Steven Kessell said Tuesday afternoon.
A Washington County District Court Commissioner charged Pryor with second-degree murder in the death of Alison Munson, 31, of Halfway. Prosecutors wanted the grand jury to consider whether a first-degree murder charge was appropriate, Kessell said.
No information about the indictment related to Munson's death was available Tuesday.
The grand jury handed up a five-count indictment charging Pryor with first-degree murder and other crimes in Smithsburg Police Officer Christopher Shane Nicholson's death.
Pryor also was indicted for second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and second-degree assault of a police officer.
Pryor was taken into custody after he was shot in an exchange of gunfire with Washington County Special Response Team members, according to reports.