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Police Arrest 2 Men in Connection with Fatal Shooting

Annapolis police have charged Charles Spriggs and William Chase with first-degree murder.

Detectives arrested two men in connection with a fatal shooting in Annapolis less than 24 hours after officers discovered the victim in the Bywater community.

Annapolis police said Charles Spriggs, 25, of Annapolis, and William Chase, 19, of Capital Heights, were arrested Thursday afternoon in connection with the death of Howard Durley.

Police responded to the 1900 block of Copeland Street around 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday. They reportedly discovered Durley laying near the rear of a residence with a gunshot wound.

Emergency personnel pronounced Durley dead at the scene.

Witnesses helped officers identify Spriggs and Chase, and police said the investigation revealed that the crime was not a random act.

"This was an unfortunate and senseless crime," Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop said in a statement. "At the very least the community should understand that, although regrettable, this murder was not a random act but was targeted and purposeful. I am thankful for the thorough and quick work by our detectives and for the help provided by the State's Attorney's Office."

Police said they believe the shooting centered around a relationship Hurley had with a woman.

Anne Arundel District Court issued a temporary restraining order against Spriggs for domestic violence on Jan. 14. According to online court documents, the order was dismissed on Jan. 22 after the victim failed to appear.

Detective Amy Miguez, a spokeswoman for the Annapolis police, said she did not know whether there is a connection between this incident and the murder.

The men were being held Thursday at the Annapolis Police Department while awaiting transport to the court commissioner’s office.

Police said both men will be charged with first-degree murder, first-degree assault, various handgun charges and other associated offenses.

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Jane Shepard January 25, 2013 at 01:47 PM
And these are the people who would be using the community gardens that Grow Annapolis has been trying to establish at the Kingsport Playground. I know the perpetrators were not local, the victim was, none of them the nicest people to share a playground with.
LaGena Creek March 02, 2013 at 06:26 PM
You guys took someone special

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