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Man pleads guilty to fatal shooting at Metrobus stop

A District man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the April 2012 slaying of another man at a Metrobus stop in Northeast D.C., prosecutors said.

Detrek Baker, 24, pleaded guilty Friday in D.C. Superior Court to killing 22-year-old James Sherrod Jr. Prosecutors said Baker, Sherrod and others had been talking at a bus stop on the 800 block of Kenilworth Avenue NE for nearly an hour on April 28, 2012, when Baker suddenly shot Sherrod.

Baker told a judge that he shot Sherrod because he "did not like him," officials said.

Driver charged with manslaughter in pedestrian's death

A District woman whose vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian has been charged with manslaughter, police said.

Maria Nicole Werts, 49, was driving a 2010 Toyota Yaris on First Street SW on Sunday afternoon when she tried to turn onto South Capitol Street. She cut off another vehicle and lost control of the car, mounting a curb and fatally striking 58-year-old Emmajean Gainey. Werts told police that she had been drinking alcohol and smoking crack cocaine before the crash, according to a court document.

Officer crashes police SUV in Prince George's County

A Prince George's County police officer crashed his marked SUV while on duty, police said.

The officer was turning from Baltimore Avenue onto Contee Road in Laurel at about 2 a.m. Monday when his vehicle struck a curb. The SUV then flipped over and struck a lamp post, which fell and damaged several parked cars, according to Prince George's County police.

The officer, a two-year veteran of the department who police did not identify, was taken to a hospital and has since been released. A preliminary investigation found that speed and weather may have been factors in the crash.

- Naomi Jagoda

njagoda@washingtonexaminer.com

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