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17-year-old killed teenager at Deanwood Metro because of 'a look' he gave him

MauriceBellamy, left, (Image: William Hennessy) and DavonteWashington (Family photo)

A teenager was charged Tuesday with the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old last weekend on a train station platform in Washington.

Maurice Bellamy, 17, of Southeast Washington was charged as an adult with second-degree murder while armed. Online court records show that a court appearance Tuesday, he was ordered held in jail. His next court appearance was scheduled for April 22.

Police said Bellamy fatally shot 15-year-old Davonte Washington on Saturday at the Deanwood Metro station. Davonte died of two gunshots to the torso, according to a court document.

The document says police were able to identify Bellamy as a suspect as a result of surveillance video footage from the scene and that two witnesses who were at the station with Bellamy confirmed his identity after being shown a photograph of him.

One witness who was with Bellamy at the time of the shooting said that when Bellamy was near Davonte he heard Bellamy curse and ask why he was being looked at, saying, "You know me from somewhere?" The witness said he saw Davonte getting up off a bench where he was sitting, heard both men say "What?" and then the shooting took place, according to the court document.

Davonte's mother, who was also with him at the time of the shooting, told investigators that her son and the suspect, later identified as Bellamy, exchanged words. She said her son said, "What you talking about cuz?" and that she saw him stand up before both teens said "What's up?" and the shooting occurred, according to the court document.

Police Chief Cathy Lanier said at a news conference Tuesday that in her opinion the shooting was over "nothing." Metropolitan Police Department district commander David Taylor said previously that a conversation escalated into an argument.

Madalyn Harvey, a lawyer listed in online court records as representing Bellamy, did not immediately return a telephone message Tuesday afternoon requesting comment.

The arrest was made Monday and police announced it during a Tuesday press conference at MPD headquarters. "We have placed under arrest a 17-year-old who will be in court today. The arrest was made late yesterday afternoon, I believe over in Southwest," said Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier.

Lanier was brief in her remarks but said "The shooting stemmed from nothing. No reason to believe the victim and suspect knew each other prior to the shooting. We have no information that there was any acquaintance [between suspect and victim]."

On Saturday, March 26, Davonte Washington of Northeast Washington was shot and killed on the Deanwood Metro platform, police said. A family member said that Washington's mother and sister were with him at the time of the shooting and witnessed the incident.

According to Washington's family, the teen was a student at Largo High School.



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