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At the time of Ebony’s death, her father criticized the police department for harassing his family during the investigation.

“He was a suspect from very early on in this investigation and, yes, he was very critical of the police department, of detectives for harassment. But now, at the end of the day, we understand why,” Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said Saturday when she announced the arrest.

McIntyre’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 7. A public defender representing him could not be reached for comment Monday.