He waived his right to a bond hearing and will take part in a preliminary hearing.
Frederick, Md (KM). Bond was denied Monday for a Frederick teenager charged in a fatal shooting. Ean Lanell Davis–Lattimore, 17, was arrested on Sunday for fatally shooting Genesis Marie McCarter–Berretto,18, of Gaithersburg. Police say it took place during a party at a home in the 1800 block of Weybridge Road.
Lt. Kirk Henneberry with Frederick Police says officers were dispatched to that address at around 1:46 AM on Sunday for a shooting. They found McCarter–Berretto suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body. They administered life-saving measures until medics arrived. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Detectives were able to develop Davis–Lattimore as a suspect by interviewing about 40 witnesses. “If it’s not on video or if you don’t have an officer who actually witnessed it, we always rely on citizen witnesses. That’s always one of the biggest things that helps us close a case. So we appreciate that,” says Lt. Henneberry.
He says there were teenagers at that address on Weybridge Drive who were holding a party when an argument developed, and the shots were fired.
In addition to the murder, Davis–Lattimore is also charge in connection with shooting a 13-year-old boy at the party. That victim was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released.
The defendant waived his right to a bond hearing on Monday, and instead opted for a preliminary hearing later in May. But State’s Attorney Charlie Smith says Davis–Lattimore will continued to be held without bond.
Even though he’s a juvenile, Smith says the law says Davis–Lattimore can be charged as an adult. “Obviously, 1st-degree murder is the most serious offense you can commit., and therefore you pose a substantial public safety risk and concern. So judges and commissioners always set a no-bond status for these particular people,” he says.
Smith also says this case will be taken to the Grand Jury. “We feel there was sufficient grounds in which to charge him for 1st-degree murder. We’ll continue to take a look at it. We will fine tune the charges to see if they need to be changed at all. If they do need to be changed, we’ll do it at the grand jury process when we present this matter to the grand jury,” he says.
If a defendant is indicted, their case moves quickly to the Circuit Court where a trial date will be set.
Davis–Lattimore is charged with 1st-degree murder, 2nd-degree murder, 1st-degree assault, attempted 1st-degree murder, attempted 2nd-degree murder and another count of 1st-degree assault.
By Kevin McManus