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Mr. Moskov said the 16-year-old driver, who gave a false name to police, is an “opportunist” who is pointing the finger at Mr. Shipman to protect himself.

Hines‘ slaying garnered heightened attention from politicians and law enforcement agencies when it came to light that a felony arrest warrant for Mr. Shipman had gone unserved after it was filed July 26 - two weeks before Hines was killed.

The Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office admitted that the warrant had been misfiled among misdemeanor warrants and that deputies had made no attempts to track down Mr. Shipman for the previous charge that he had threatened Hines.

A week before to that incident, Mr. Shipman was arrested on a second-degree assault charge for beating up a different woman, his girlfriend at the time. In that case, he posted bond and was released a day later.

“They had him, and they released him, and he went down to do what he said,” said Hines‘ father, Ricky Hines, who was in the courtroom Monday. “I do hold them accountable.”