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Push grows for changes to Maryland’s gang laws

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Maryland legislators need to update the state’s racketeering and gang statutes in order to better address a recent rise in gang activity and give prosecutors the tools to crack down on gang members, Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy said.

“That’s something where we need to get some assistance from our legislators in Annapolis to give us better legal tools to attack the gangs,” McCarthy said.

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Feds To Prosecute MS-13

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Six defendants face multiple charges in similar cases of murder and racketeering

 

Federal authorities say they are prosecuting six local men under federal racketeering statutes following at least three murders in the last two years.

The latest indictment is against one of the defendants in an alleged gang-related murder that took place in Gaithersburg last summer. That man is now being prosecuted in federal court under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act.

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Woman dead after rape outside court house

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Policelights 1ROCKVILLE--A Gaithersburg woman is dead after she was raped late on June 12 in front of the Montgomery County Circuit Court, police confirmed.

Montgomery County Police arrested Marquiz Turner, 16, for raping his ex-girlfriend around 11:40 p.m. after a security guard saw the two fighting outside on surveillance cameras, according to court documents. Police charged Turner as an adult for second-degree rape, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years.

Police said in court documents the victim later began to have “medical issues” and stopped breathing in an ambulance on the way to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital for a sexual assault forensic exam. The cause of death is still unknown, but will be public once the state medical examiner performs an autopsy, said police spokesperson Rick Goodale.

During a brief interview with police before her death, the victim said she and Turner dated for about a month and “ended the relationship because he was always pressuring her” to have sex. She also said she tried to push him away several times during the attack, according to court documents.

Turner, a Winston Churchill High School student, said he and the victim exchanged Facebook and text messages throughout that week and he believed they made an agreement that they would have sex after seeing a movie Friday night.

During an interview after the arrest, Turner told Detective Deana Mackie that he became angry when the victim “backed away from the agreement” and that she owed him this sexual favor. In court documents, police said Turner admitted to Mackie that he knew he was wrong to force himself on the victim.

He has no previous criminal history, but “displayed very little emotion” when he was told about the victim’s death, according to the documents. Turner is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in District Court on June 26.

"This is a troubling case,” said Ramon Korionoff, spokesman for Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office. “ We await the medical examiner's report and are keeping all our options open moving towards completion of the investigation by police."

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