Charges upgraded in liquor store shooting
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.
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