On July 1, Maryland authorities charged two teenagers in connection with the death of a 17-year-old Hagerstown girl. The victim’s body was found near a trail in Frederick on June 27.
According to local media reports, the victim spent the night of June 26 at the home of one of the defendants, a 16-year-old boy. The other defendant, a 14-year-old girl, was also with them. The victim’s body was found in a wooded area near Briargrove Court in Frederick at approximately 5 p.m. the next day. Police documents say that she had been shot in the head. She also reportedly had a large laceration on her forehead.
The defendants, who are both Frederick residents, are facing charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. They are being charged as adults and are being held without bond. They are scheduled to appear at a court hearing later in July. The victim was a recent graduate of Antietam Academy in Hagerstown, and June 28 would have been her 18th birthday.
If convicted, defendants charged with murder or other violent crimes could face harsh consequences, including life in prison without the chance of parole. Because the situation is so serious, it may be prudent for individuals accused of such crimes to contact a criminal defense attorney as quickly as possible. The attorney may help protect the defendant’s rights during police questioning and throughout the legal process. Depending on the details of the case, the attorney may also work to develop a defense against the prosecution’s allegations, which might cause the charges to be dropped. However, under some circumstances, legal counsel may suggest negotiating a plea deal in hopes of reducing the charges and penalties.