A criminal defendant in Maryland has been charged with first- and second-degree
murder in connection with the shooting death of a woman in College Park.
He is also accused of weapons crimes in connection with the incident.
The 23-year-old man is accused of committing the violent crimes on June
4, when hotel workers found the body of the 25-year-old victim in one
of the facility’s rooms. It appears that the man had intended to
meet with the woman and pay her for sex.
Authorities say that they are still trying to determine a motive for the
shooting. The man allegedly shot the woman in the upper body during their
encounter at the hotel. The victim was found to have advertised her services
on the Internet site Backpage.com, though investigators are still trying
to determine how the pair arranged their meeting.
The victim in this case had a criminal record of her own; she had been
convicted on at least one count of prostitution for her participation
in the sex industry. She was arrested in 2013 after an undercover officer
approached the woman at a motel in Beltsville. Authorities say that this
is a stark reminder about the dangers of working in the sex trade.
Officers say that the defendant has made statements to them implicating
his own involvement in the crime. It is not clear exactly what the man
said to lead officers to that conclusion. Every criminal defendant has
the right to remain silent to protect his or her personal interests. It
is important to remember that criminal defendants are not considered guilty
just because they are arrested for a crime. Even those facing murder charges
have rights in the criminal system.
Source: The Washington Post, “D.C. man arrested in death of woman at Md. hotel; police said he was there
to pay for sex” Lynh Bui, Jun. 06, 2014