A criminal defendant in Maryland has been charged with first- and second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of a woman in College Park. He is also accused of weapons crimes in connection with the incident. The 23-year-old man is accused of committing the violent crimes on June 4, when hotel workers found the body of the 25-year-old victim in one of the facility’s rooms. It appears that the man had intended to meet with the woman and pay her for sex.
Authorities say that they are still trying to determine a motive for the shooting. The man allegedly shot the woman in the upper body during their encounter at the hotel. The victim was found to have advertised her services on the Internet site Backpage.com, though investigators are still trying to determine how the pair arranged their meeting.
The victim in this case had a criminal record of her own; she had been convicted on at least one count of prostitution for her participation in the sex industry. She was arrested in 2013 after an undercover officer approached the woman at a motel in Beltsville. Authorities say that this is a stark reminder about the dangers of working in the sex trade.
Officers say that the defendant has made statements to them implicating his own involvement in the crime. It is not clear exactly what the man said to lead officers to that conclusion. Every criminal defendant has the right to remain silent to protect his or her personal interests. It is important to remember that criminal defendants are not considered guilty just because they are arrested for a crime. Even those facing murder charges have rights in the criminal system.
Source: The Washington Post, “D.C. man arrested in death of woman at Md. hotel; police said he was there to pay for sex” Lynh Bui, Jun. 06, 2014