Man charged in Seat Pleasant shooting
Prince George's County police have charged a teenager with murder and robbery in the fatal shooting Thursday near Seat Pleasant, and authorities say the incident was precipitated by a dispute between the suspect and victim.
James E. Taylor, 17, of Upper Marlboro, was charged as an adult with first-degree murder and armed robbery in the shooting death of Maurice D. Valentine, 26, of the District, authorities said. Valentine's body was found hanging out of a car in the 900 block of Central Hills Lane after neighbors called to report gunfire. Minutes later, police found Taylor in the area, carrying a handgun, authorities said.
The killing was Prince George's County's seventh homicide in just six days. Police said it was not connected to any of the killings before it.
Maj. Andrew Ellis, the department's public affairs commander, said he was unsure exactly what the dispute was about that sparked the killing. He said investigators charged Taylor with robbery because Taylor took the victim's cell phone.
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