Man pleads guilty to shoot­ing cou­ple in 2012

Vic­tims were walk­ing their dog in Wal­dorf neigh­bor­hood

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­

Pros­e­cu­tors say a Wal- dorf man ac­cused of shoot­ing a Wal­dorf cou­ple, killing one, as they walked through their neigh­bor­hood in 2012, pleaded guilty in Charles County Cir­cuit Court on Tues­day.

Joshua Ter­rell Me­bane, 21, pled guilty to first-de­gree mur­der and at­tempted mur­der for 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, ac- cord­ing 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 sur- vived.

Af­ter his ar­raign­ment two months ago, Charles County State’s At­tor­ney An­thony Cov­ing­ton (D) said the shoot­ing was “ter­ri­fy­ing to the com- mu­nity,” and that there was seem­ingly no mo­tive be­hind it and no ev­i­dence of a rob­bery.

The rea­son it took so long for Me­bane to be brought to Charles County, Cov­ing­ton ex- plained, 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 Ham- il­ton 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 in­vesti- gators that Me­bane had bragged about the Bass shoot­ing and had shown her on­line news sto­ries about the in­ci­dent, ac- cord­ing to a Washington Post re­port.

In Septem­ber 2015, a jur y 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.

Af­ter he was sen­tenced for killing the taxi driver, Me­bane spent time at a fed­eral pen­i­ten­tiary be­fore he was ex­tra­dited to Charles County in Septem­ber, a press re­lease states. Me­bane, fac­ing two life sen­tences plus 20 years, is sched­uled to be sen­tenced on Jan. 6.

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