- The Washington Times - Friday, June 2, 2006



Man shoots wife, child, himself

A Largo man shot his 34-year-old wife and his 2-year-old son before turning the gun on himself yesterday afternoon, Prince George’s County police said.

Police said the bodies were discovered by the couple’s 5-year-old boy and the 2-year-old victim’s twin brother. Police did not immediately release the identity of the shooter or the victims last night.

One of the bodies was found inside the front door of the family town home in the 10600 block of Campus Way South. Police put a sheet over the open front door where the body was found.

Another body was found near the stairs, while the third body was found in an upstairs bedroom.

Lt. Terrence Sheppard, a county police spokesman, said the man, 38, was employed as an armed security guard.

“What it appears to be is a murder-suicide,” Lt. Sheppard said.

Two neighbors said that police had been called to the town house before. Lt. Sheppard said that police had not been called to the address yesterday before the shooting.

Among those who came to the scene was Prince George’s County Police Chief Melvin C. High, who said, “It’s a situation where we have a real tragedy.”

A man, who identified himself as the twin brother of the female victim, sobbed as he stood outside the yellow police tape that surrounded a section of town homes.

“She was beautiful, my sister was beautiful,” he said.


Soldier avoids prison for prisoner abuse

A military jury yesterday sentenced an Army dog handler to 90 days of hard labor with no prison time for using his animal to threaten a former high-ranking Ba’ath Party member at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

Sgt. Santos A. Cardona also was reduced in rank one grade to specialist, with a corresponding pay cut of nearly $480 a month, and ordered to forfeit $600 a month for 12 months.

Of the 11 soldiers convicted of crimes stemming from prisoner abuses at Abu Ghraib in late 2003 and early 2004, Cardona is the first to be allowed to stay in the Army.

He will be returned to Fort Bragg, N.C., where his company commander will decide what extra duties to assign as hard labor, said Lt. Col. Bobbi J.W. Davis, a military lawyer.

But because of his conviction, Cardona will likely lose his security clearance, which would bar him from resuming work as a military policeman and dog handler, Col. Davis said.

The sentence came one day after Cardona’s conviction of dereliction of duty and aggravated assault for allowing his tan Belgian shepherd, Duco, to bark within inches of the face of a kneeling prisoner, Kamel Miza’l Nayil.

Nayil was described by trial lawyers and witnesses as a general and member of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s Ba’ath Party.

Cardona, who was acquitted of seven other offenses, faced a maximum penalty of 31/2 years in prison, a dishonorable discharge and forfeiture of all pay and allowances.


Man gets life for burning wife

A Prince George’s County man was sentenced yesterday to life in prison for trying to kill his estranged wife, who was set on fire last year at the cell phone store where she worked.

The attack took place Oct. 10 when Roger B. Hargrave walked into a T-Mobile store in Clinton, poured liquid on Yvette Cade’s head from a soda bottle, then chased after her — lighting a match when she fell to the ground outside.

Hargrave asked for forgiveness before his sentencing as he tearfully read a written statement. “What I did was insane,” he said. “Never did I intend to kill Yvette Cade.”

But Judge William D. Missouri said Hargrave has never taken direct responsibility for the attack. “You never once said ‘I am sorry for what I did to my wife,’ ” Judge Missouri said.

Hargrave, 34, has blamed substance abuse, but Judge Missouri said Hargrave has made multiple trips through the criminal justice system with numerous chances to get help.

Jurors in April found Hargrave guilty on all charges against him — attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder and assault.

Mrs. Cade, 32, suffered burns to more than half her body and has undergone more than a dozen surgeries. She used her chance to speak yesterday to recite the Lord’s Prayer and urged those in the court’s gallery to close their eyes and join her.



Cosby, Vereen coming to museum fundraiser

Entertainers Bill Cosby and Ben Vereen will headline a gala fundraiser for former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder’s slavery museum tonight in the District.

Mr. Wilder and other organizers have raised about half of the estimated $100 million needed to build the U.S. National Slavery Museum in Fredericksburg.

Mr. Wilder, now the mayor of Richmond, also wants to raise additional funds to operate the museum.

Construction has not yet begun on the 250,000-square-foot building. It is planned to include a full-size reproduction of a slave ship and more than 5,000 artifacts.


Construction to close portions of Beltway

Construction crews are closing the Capital Beltway on the Maryland side of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge at night this weekend and every other weekend this month.

They will conduct steel work to build a new interchange, but the work could delay drivers by a half-hour or more.

The Beltway will be closed until as late as 8 a.m. today and from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. tomorrow.

Tomorrow, the closures will last from 10 p.m. to as late as 5 a.m. Monday.

Meanwhile, nighttime delays are headed for the Springfield Mixing Bowl area.

Workers will hoist materials to build a bridge from the northbound lanes of Interstate 395 to the Inner Loop.

The Beltway’s Inner Loop in Springfield will be closed until 10 a.m. today and from 8 p.m. to 10 a.m. tomorrow. The work will continue tomorrow night if needed.

Some ramps connecting to the Beltway in the Springfield area also will be closed.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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