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Posted at 6:00 PM ET, 01/ 7/2011

Man charged in Seat Pleasant shooting

By Matt Zapotosky
Matt Zapotosky

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.

By Matt Zapotosky  | January 7, 2011; 6:00 PM ET
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He's not even a man. He's a kid. That makes this case even sadder. A little kid already desensitized to human life.

Posted by: darrren12000 | January 8, 2011 10:36 AM | Report abuse

only the suspect and the victim knew what really happen!!! however, i believe if you knowingly and willing take someone else's life you should pay unless self defense! i feel very sorry for the victim's family and friends. people dont value human life! yes the suspect is 17 and legally a kid, but a mother will never see her "baby" again two lives lost -

Posted by: justspeakmymind | January 8, 2011 2:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm just happy Md is not like DC.. Md is holding there youth responible for their actions... More youth need to be tried as adults, sending them to Oak Hill is not working.. Many live better their then in there own homes.....
Damn shame when you can't enjoy the DMV area because of unrulely youth...
Also so if I hear another parent say "My child wasn't raised to act this way", I'm going to scream... The answer is "Yes they were, your just to messed up to realize it... So yes parents"Your the Problem"!!!!!!

Posted by: xrendellx | January 8, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

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