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TOWSON, Md. (AP) — A day after a 16-year-old suspect was charged with first-degree murder for allegedly accelerating a stolen Jeep at a Maryland police officer and running her down, three more teenagers were charged Wednesday as adults in her death.
Under the state’s felony murder law, if someone is killed during a burglary, accomplices can be found guilty of the slaying along with the suspected killer. For this reason, authorities say the three were charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Baltimore County police officer Amy Caprio even though they were allegedly burglarizing a nearby home when she was fatally injured Monday on a suburban cul-de-sac.
The article goes on to state the following:
“They are in for everything that occurs as a result of that burglary, including when their co-defendant is outside running over a police officer and killing her,” Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger said.
Fifteen-year-old Darrell Jaymar Ward, 16-year-old Derrick Eugene Matthews and 17-year-old Eugene Robert Genius IV, who were arrested Tuesday, have also been charged with first-degree burglary.
A fourth suspect, 16-year-old Dawnta Anthony Harris, was the first to be charged with first-degree murder. The slain officer’s body camera footage clearly shows Harris accelerating the Jeep at Caprio after she tried to apprehend him Monday in the Perry Hall community northeast of Baltimore, prosecutor William Bickel asserted during Harris’ bail hearing Tuesday.
[VIDEO] Mother of 16-year-old suspect speaks out about the first-degree murder charge against her son after authorities say he ran down a Maryland police officer in a stolen Jeep. READ MORE: https://t.co/78OZADXdNT pic.twitter.com/BWhpVQjFvX
— AP South U.S. Region (@APSouthRegion) May 24, 2018
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