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Charges upgraded in liquor store shooting

Matt Zapotosky

Charges against the two people accused in the shooting death of a teenager in a Landover-area liquor store earlier this month have been upgraded to first-degree murder, authorities said.

Marcus Desmond Shipman, 23, of Capitol Heights, and Carl Andre Jones, 16, of D.C., are both charged in the death of 17-year-old LaCole Hines, police said. Shipman was the shooter, and Jones, who drove Shipman to the liquor store, was charged as an adult, police said.

Shipman, Hines’s boyfriend and the father of her child, shot her at Brightseat Liquors on Aug. 9 after a domestic dispute, police have said. The case drew attention because Shipman was charged two weeks earlier with threatening Hines with a handgun, but Prince George's County sheriff's deputies never tried to arrest him on that warrant, according to court records and officials.

The warrant was not entered into the sheriff department's computer system until after the fatal shooting because it was inadvertently placed in a misdemeanor file, said Sgt. Yakeisha Hines, a spokeswoman for the sheriff, who is not related to the victim.

Hines died of her injuries on Aug. 12, and the charges were upgraded to first-degree murder shortly thereafter, police and prosecutors said.

-- Matt Zapotosky

By Matt Zapotosky  |  August 19, 2010; 1:15 PM ET
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What a sad story. The mother has passed and the father will be in jail for a long long time. I just really feel for that child that is the one who will suffer the most. I pray God watches over that child and helps the child overcome the great obstacles that he/she must face already at such a young age.

Posted by: meatkins | August 19, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for Killing MY MOM DAD!!

Posted by: JadedCynic | August 19, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

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