Man ac­cused of mur­der ar­raigned

Shot cou­ple walk­ing dog in 2012, killing one

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com

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.

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