MARYLAND

Charges in toddler's death: A Rockville woman has been charged in the Nov. 14 death of a 2-year-old niece with whom she lived, Montgomery County police said.

Cassandra Robertson, 29, of the 13100 block of Turkey Branch Parkway, was charged Monday with second-degree murder and child abuse. She was being held on $350,000 bond.

Police said officers went to the home Nov. 12 after a report of an injured child. The toddler died of her injuries Nov. 14 at Children's Hospital.

Police said Robertson told investigators that the girl had fallen off a bed, but the D.C. medical examiner's office ruled the death a homicide. The office said that the child had been shaken and that her injuries could not have come from a fall.

Murder conviction: A Calvert County jury convicted a St. Mary's County man of first-degree murder yesterday for fatally shooting a 22-year-old man at a Thanksgiving weekend party last year.

Jeremy J. Weigle, 21, faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole.

On Nov. 25, 2001, witnesses testified, Weigle shot Kevin M. Clarke of Leonardtown once in the head in front of about 20 people at a party of young people at a secluded house on the St. Mary's River. Clarke had asked Weigle to apologize for a vulgar remark made to his younger sister.

Weigle also was convicted of 12 counts of assault for pointing the gun at several other young people. Witnesses testified that before shooting Clarke, Weigle yelled, "Who wants to die?"

Circuit Court Judge C. Clarke Raley moved the case from St. Mary's to Calvert to ensure a fair trial.

Weigle's brother, Joshua, 19, and his friend Stewart Burns, 21, both of whom witnesses said had guns and urged Weigle to shoot Clarke, face trial on murder and assault charges in Calvert. Burns is scheduled for trial Monday; Joshua Weigle, Dec. 12.

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HOMICIDES:

* A 46-year-old woman was stabbed to death in Northwest Washington on Monday night, police said. About 9 p.m., Denise Minor was found with multiple stab wounds in a house in the 3400 block of Holmead Place NW. She was pronounced dead about 2:20 a.m. at a hospital.

* A few hours later, a man was found fatally stabbed in Southeast Washington. The 42-year-old was discovered about 12:50 a.m. yesterday in the 2700 block of Good Hope Road SE, police said. The man, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead shortly afterward at a hospital.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.