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Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 09/26/2011

Md. man convicted of murder

A Greenbelt man is set to be sentenced next month for the murder of a 16-year-old girl that occurred during a fight over tatoo ink.

Rydel Estep, 21, last week was convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting of Jericka Chambers, 16, of Landover, State’s Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks said.

Chambers was outside an apartment complex in the 5900 block of Cherrywood Lane in Greenbelt on May 31, 2010, when Estep shot her in the head, prosecutors said.

According to prosecutors, Chambers had tattoo ink in her possession which Estep wanted. Estep took the think from her, and when Chambers tried to get it back, Estep shot her, authorities said. Two witnesses who saw the shooting testified for the state against Estep, prosecutors said.

“This is another sad example of what can happen when people lack the ability to resolve conflicts without resorting to violence,” Alsobrooks said. “The tragedy here is that someone lost her life over something as inconsequential as tattoo ink.”

Circuit Court Judge Dwight D. Jackson scheduled sentencing for Oct. 21.

By  |  03:35 PM ET, 09/26/2011


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