Headline — 16 January 2016 — by Rowland A. Parks
Belize City teenager remanded to prison for shooting pregnant woman and her mother

BELIZE CITY, Wed. Jan. 13, 2016–Devon Tariq Lopez, 19, a laborer of Lakeview Street, Belize City, was remanded to the Belize Central Prison today, after he was arraigned on six indictable offences, including two counts of attempted murder for the shooting of woman and her pregnant daughter, 18.

No plea was taken from Lopez when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith, who remanded him to prison until his next court appearance on February 26.

In addition to being charged for attempted murder, Lopez was also charged with two counts of use of deadly means of harm and two counts of dangerous harm.

If there is enough evidence when a preliminary inquiry is held at the Magistrate’s Court, Lopez’s case will be sent to the Supreme Court for trial.

Police have alleged that Lopez was the triggerman who shot Shenell Rowland, a pregnant teenager and recent high school graduate, and her mother, Stephanie Smith, 41.

The two women were shot sometime around 9:00 p.m. on Monday, while they were at their home on Dolphin Street.

A gunman reportedly fired as many as 15 shots at two young men who were in the yard.

While the intended targets were not hit, the stray bullets hit Rowland, who is six months pregnant, and her mother, Smith. (See story, Gunmen shoot pregnant teen and her mom.)

Police, in their initial investigation and report, had said that Tyrone Meighan was detained, in connection with the shooting. No charge, however, has been levied against Meighan.

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