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Woman charged as accessory in W.Va. homicide waives extradition

Ashley Nicole Carpegna is charged with one felony count of accessory after the fact to murder in slaying of Geronimo Garcia-Cruz

March 16, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

A woman charged last week as an accessory in a  homicide in Berkeley County, W.Va., was picked up in Hagerstown area Tuesday, according to Washington County District Court documents.

Ashley Nicole Carpegna, 26, of 2998 Winchester Ave., Apt. 10, Martinsburg, waived extradition Wednesday during a closed-circuit bond review hearing in District Court.

Judge R. Noel Spence told Carpegna that West Virginia authorities could be picking her up sometime in the next week.

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department said on Monday that Carpegna was missing, but could be in the Martinsburg or Hagerstown areas. A member of the Washington County Warrant Task Force said Carpegna was taken into custody Tuesday morning, but did not have specific information about her arrest.

Carpegna is charged with one felony count of accessory after the fact to murder in the March 6 slaying of Geronimo Garcia-Cruz, 26, of 102 Camden Drive, Winchester, Va., who was found shot to death in a stairwell at the Suncrest Apartments at 6:25 a.m., according to the sheriff's department.

Police allege Garcia-Cruz was shot in Carpegna's second-floor apartment. A man staying in her apartment is a "person of interest" in the case and is incarcerated in Maryland on unrelated charges, police said.

Carpegna and the man were arrested last week in Washington County on drug charges, and Carpegna later posted $75,000 bond.

Hours before Garcia-Cruz was shot, he met Carpegna at the strip club where she worked, Sgt. Ted Snyder of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department said Monday. Garcia-Cruz was with two men, and he and one of his companions negotiated "an illicit informal business agreement" with Carpegna, Snyder said.

After leaving the club they went to Carpegna's apartment, where Garcia-Cruz, a Mexican citizen, was shot, Snyder said.

Carpegna was interviewed by investigators and admitted to concealing or destroying evidence in and around her apartment, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Lt. Gary Harmison of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday afternoon that no additional information was available on the incident.

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