THE DISTRICT

Man Convicted in Friend's Death

A D.C. Superior Court jury convicted Daryl Lopes yesterday of killing a friend in a dispute over a snake.

Lopes took offense when a man carrying a snake started taunting people at a backyard barbecue in May 1997. Maurice Fisher, 26, who was a friend Lopes, 19, had once considered a big brother, tried to calm him down, but Lopes started wrestling Fisher.

Someone broke up the fight, but then Lopes later shot Fisher in the chest.

Sentencing is July 28.

Man Convicted in Carjacking

A Northwest Washington man was convicted yesterday of carjacking and robbing a 72-year-old Washington Post deliveryman last year.

A D.C. Superior Court jury deliberated about 45 minutes before convicting Randy Tracy Shaw, 23, of Randolph Street NW, of robbery, carjacking, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, first-degree theft and three counts of destruction of property, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Evidence during the trial showed that Shaw knocked the deliveryman to the ground, then kicked and dragged him several feet before making off with his 1995 Dodge Dakota truck on Aug. 20, according to the prosecutor's office.

Shaw led police on a chase, crashed into two parked cars and then tried to flee on foot, authorities said.

Suspect in Shootings Arrested

An 18-year-old Southeast Washington man suspected of opening fire on several people was arrested yesterday and charged with murder in the death of 18-year-old Stoney Barry.

Frederick Simmons, of the 2200 block of Savannah Terrace SE, was arrested in the 700 block of 18th Street NE.

Police said that on March 29, two homicide detectives investigating another case saw a man on a bicycle open fire on several people standing in front of a house in the 50 block of Q Street NW, hitting two people. When the suspect saw the detectives, he fired at them as well, police said.

Barry, of the 100 block of Q Street NW, died at Howard University Hospital. The second shooting victim, who was not identified because he is a witness, suffered minor injuries.

VIRGINIA

Youths Charged With Assault

A 13-year-old boy and his 11-year-old girlfriend were charged with assault after a hickey was found on the girl's neck, Annapolis police said.

The boy allegedly left the "passion mark" while visiting his girlfriend Sunday, police said. The girl did not want him to leave the mark, police said.

"It's an unwanted touching," Officer Eric Crane said. "Once there's contact, there's an assault."

Parents of both children wanted both charged with assault, the police report said. "The reason being," the report said, "is that they didn't feel that either of the juveniles were old enough to consent to intimate acts of any kind."

Both of the children were released to their parents.

MARYLAND

Man Acquitted in Slaying

The relatives of a Glen Burnie man who faced life in prison sobbed with joy when he was acquitted yesterday of murdering 25-year-old Howard W. Anthony Jr., of Baltimore.

"This is an emotional roller coaster, I'll tell you," said John H. Robinson III, attorney for Leshon C. Ruffin, 22. "I know the Ruffins; their hearts go out to the [victim's] family. But Mr. Ruffin wasn't there. He didn't have anything to do with it."

The family of the victim left the courtroom without comment. Anthony was shot Sept. 15 while sitting in a car in the parking lot of a Glen Burnie apartment complex.

Woman Indicted in Man's Death

A 33-year-old woman from Wise has been indicted in the death of her boyfriend, who was shot 25 times.

Authorities say Deborah Sue Green, 33, shot Charles Henry Bradley on March 24. Green, who was indicted last week, told a deputy that she shot Bradley, 56, after he threw her against a bookcase. More than 60 spent shell casings were found in the house.