Local digest: Man fatally shot in Oxon Hill, Md.

May 7
MARYLAND
Man fatally shot in Oxon Hill

A man suffered gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene early Wednesday in the 4900 block of Maury Place in Oxon Hill, Prince George’s County police said.

The shooting was reported around 4 a.m., police said. No further details were available.

— Dana Hedgpeth

Work begins on Hyattsville project

Prince George’s County officials joined executives of ECHO Realty on Wednesday morning at a groundbreaking ceremony for a retail center anchored by a Safeway store on East-West Highway at University Town Center in Hyattsville.

The Pittsburgh-based real estate company is starting work on a $25 million development that includes a 55,105-square-foot Safeway grocery store and other retail and office space at East-West Highway and America Boulevard.

— Luz Lazo

Insanity defense for killer rejected

A Maryland man who stabbed his girlfriend to death after he envisioned her as “the devil” or “a Dracula” failed to win his attempt to avoid prison when a jury on Wednesday rejected his insanity defense.

Barry Kin Lui had already pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 2011 killing of Lan Mu Do but argued that he should not be held “criminally responsible,” pursuing Maryland’s version of what is commonly referred to as an insanity defense. If the jury had returned a verdict in Lui’s favor, he could have been sent to a state mental institution instead of prison.

Lui’s sentencing is set for July 2. Prosecutors are expected to ask for a 30-year sentence.

— Lynh Bui

Woman struck by bus last week dies

A Silver Spring woman died Wednesday morning at Suburban Hospital, one week after being struck by a Montgomery County Ride On transit bus as she was crossing Randolph Road. Police named the woman as 34-year-old Tsehay Demeke Woldemanuel.

Woldemanuel was struck about 5 a.m. April 29 while crossing Randolph Road near Middlevale Lane as the bus was travelling west on Randolph in the curb lane of the roadway, officials said. Police are investigating factors including whether Woldemanuel was in a crosswalk at the time she was hit. The bus driver remained on the scene, police said.

— Dan Morse

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