- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 13, 2009



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Baltimore prosecutors said a reputed gang member has pleaded guilty to the random slaying of a 16-year-old football player.

The State’s Attorney for Baltimore said William Key, 21, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Friday. The plea came just a day after Key’s trial ended with a hung jury. Police have said Key was trying to recruit a co-defendant, Kenneth Robbins, into the Black Guerrilla Family gang. Prosecutors said Key and Robbins shot Deron Hope as part of Robbins’ initiation into the gang. Deron was shot twice with two different guns. Investigators linked those guns to Robbins and Key. Key was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Robbins, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in May, is to be sentenced Nov. 23.


Teen killed, two injured in crash

Police said a 17-year-old girl was killed in a car crash that injured two other teenagers.

Frederick County Sheriff’s Lt. Tom Winebrenner said Leslie Ann Hook was killed Friday night. Leslie Ann and her friends were apparently on their way home from school Friday afternoon when their car crossed the center line, swerved off the road and smashed into a tree.

Police said driver error and speed seemed to be the cause of the wreck.

A Suburban Hospital spokeswoman said Brittany Tabler was treated and released Friday night. The third girl was also taken to Suburban Hospital, but her name and condition were not released.



Date sought for sniper execution

Virginia is seeking a Nov. 9 execution for John Allen Muhammad, mastermind of the deadly 2002 sniper attacks in the Washington area.

A prosecutor requested the execution date in a letter sent Wednesday to Prince William Circuit Court in Manassas.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Katherine B. Burnett wrote that the November date had been coordinated with the governor’s office to ensure consideration of an expected clemency petition.

Muhammad was sentenced to death for the slaying of Dean Meyers, one of 10 people shot to death during a 2002 rampage that terrorized the Washington area.

Muhammad’s attorney, Jonathan Sheldon, has said he will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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