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Grand jury indicts Maryland newspaper shooting suspect

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – A grand jury has expressed 23 charges against a man accused of killing five people in a mass shooting at a Maryland newspaper office, a prosecutor announced Friday.

The grand jury indicted Jarrod Ramos, 38, Laurel, on five counts of first-degree murder in the death of Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Ann Smith and Wendi Winters, according to a press release from Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams. Ramos is now also charged with attempt to murder, assault and gun crimes.

The indictment goes from District Court to Circuit Court on the progress in the direction of a process. Ramos is scheduled for the first time no later than July 30 in Circuit Court, according to online court records.

County police respond to the June 28 attack on the Capital-Gazette in Annapolis arrested Ramos in the newsroom. They said he was a blocked output and a shotgun blast his way through the entrance.

The Capital had written about Ramos plead guilty to harassment of a former high school classmate in 2011, and Ramos unsuccessfully sued the writer and the newspaper’s publisher for defamation.

The new attempted murder charge alleges Ramos tried to kill the photographer Paul Gillespie. The Baltimore Sun reports Gillespie said in an interview this week that he believes that Ramos fired at him as he fled the editors.

“When I ran, I did not look back, but I heard him behind me,” Gillespie told the newspaper. “I heard a shot. I felt a breeze along my right hand.”

The grand jury also indicted Ramos on six-count of the attack of Gillespie and five other people in the news that day. In addition, Ramos faces 11 charges of using a firearm in commission of a violent crime.

Adams will prosecute the case along with assistant state’s attorneys, Jason Knight, and Aaron Meyers, the release said.

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