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Second-degree murder added to charges against man in Hagerstown shooting

Juan Sylvester Barnes is accused in the death of Christopher Lee Follett

January 31, 2012

Charges against a man accused in the Jan. 24 shooting death of a New York man have been amended by Hagerstown police to include second-degree murder, according to a city news release Tuesday.

Juan Sylvester Barnes, 28, no fixed address, remains at large. He had been charged with attempted second-degree murder and other offenses for the Jan. 24 shooting of Christopher Lee Follett, 29, of New York City.

Follett, who was shot in the head shortly after 1 a.m. on Jonathan Street, died two days later.

“Law enforcement agencies are working together to bring Barnes into custody,” spokeswoman Erin Wolfe said in the release.

Barnes has ties to the Prince George’s County area and is also wanted on parole violations, the release said.

The shooting of Follett came just hours after a man was shot on Cannon Avenue on the afternoon of Monday, Jan. 23. The victim in that shooting is still at Meritus Medical Center, and his condition is improving, the release said.

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“Detectives are able to speak with him personally about the incident,” Wolfe said.

Police have not released the name of the victim in that shooting.

Anyone with information about either shooting can call the Hagerstown Police Department at 301-790-3700, ext. 324, e-mail crimetip@hagerstownpd.org, or send a text message to TIPS 411. Sources can remain anonymous.

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