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A judge yesterday denied bail for three teens charged in a fatal drive-by shooting last week near Charles H. Flowers High School.

Police said Jeffrey Boddie, 17; Terrance Martin, 18; and Marcus Reynolds, 19, all of Lanham, are charged in the death of 18-year-old Cherresse Richardson-Frederick, 18, a senior who was shot in the head while walking home from school last Tuesday. She died Thursday.

A 17-year-old girl who was with Miss Richardson-Frederick and a 36-year-old man were also shot but were not seriously wounded.

Police said Miss Richardson-Frederick was not the intended target.

The suspects’ next scheduled court appearance is a preliminary hearing on Feb. 8.



Judge rejects appeal of death-row inmate

A federal judge rejected an appeal from a Virginia death-row inmate sentenced to death only after he wrote a taunting letter to prosecutors that included a detailed confession of his crime.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis rejected arguments by attorneys for Paul Powell of Manassas, who was sentenced to death for the murder and attempted rape of a 16-year-old girl in 1999.

Powell originally was convicted and sentenced to death, but the Supreme Court of Virginia tossed out the death sentence.

Powell mistakenly thought the court’s ruling made it impossible for him to ever receive the death penalty, so he wrote a letter to Prince William Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul B. Ebert in which he provided new details of his crime, including his attempt to rape Stacie Reed before he killed her.

“Since … the Va. Supreme Court said that I can’t be charged with capital murder again, I figured I would tell you the rest of what happened on Jan. 29, 1999 to show you how stupid all of y’all … are,” Powell wrote to Mr. Ebert.

Armed with Powell’s confession, Mr. Ebert put him on trial again in 2003 and won a new conviction and a new death sentence.

Powell’s attorney said he plans to appeal the ruling.

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