Man accused of murder arraigned
Shot couple walking dog in 2012, killing one
A man charged with the murder and attempted murder of a Waldorf couple in 2012 was transported from a federal penitentiary to the Charles County Detention Center where he will be held during adjudication, the Charles County State’s Attorneys Office announced on Friday.
Appearing in Charles County Circuit Court on Monday for arraignment, Joshua Terrell Mebane, 21, of Waldorf is
accused of shooting Teresa Bass, who died, and her husband, Jerry Bass Jr., as they walked their dog in the Hampshire neighborhood in Waldorf.
On the evening of Oct. 26, 2012, officers working security at a nearby Westlake High School football game heard several gunshots and responded to the scene within a minute, where they found the couple that had been shot, according to a press release. Both were taken to the hospital, but Teresa later died from her injuries. Jerry, who had been shot numerous times in the back, was at one point listed in critical condition, but he survived.
At his arraignment on Monday afternoon, Mebane, represented by public defender Michael Beach, pleaded not guilty, and a trial date was set for Jan. 30, 2017.
After the hearing, Charles County State’s Attorney Anthony Covington (D), who will be prosecuting the case, said the shooting was “terrifying to the community,” and that there was seemingly no motive behind it with no evidence of a robbery.
The reason it has taken so long for Mebane to be brought to trial in Charles County, Covington explained, was because he was being tried in Washington, D.C., for fatally shooting a taxi driver.
Authorities say Mebane was developed as a suspect in the Bass shootings while police investigated the murder of Quadar Muhammad, 44, of Washington, D.C., who was fatally shot on Nov. 7, 2012.
In investigating the death of Muhammad, police learned that Mebane and Linda Bury, who were both 17 years old at the time, had run away together and stayed at a motel in the district, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release. As the two teenagers ran low on money, they decided to rob a taxi driver.
Just before 9 p.m., Mebane and Bury hailed a taxi cab and instructed Muhammad to drive them to the rear of Hamilton Junior High School in the 1400 block of Brentwood Park N.E., the press release states. Then, Mebane put on a black latex glove, pulled out a 9mm handgun, and shot Muhammad once in the back of the head.
Bury later told investigators that Mebane had bragged about the Bass shooting and had shown her online news stories about the incident, according to a Washington Post report.
In September 2015, a jury found Mebane guilty of first-degree murder and other charges for Muhammad’s death, and he was sentenced to 45 years imprisonment the following month. Bury, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, was sentenced to six years, per court records.