LA PLATA, Md.—On Monday, January 14, a Charles County Grand Jury returned an indictment against a Waldorf teen for murder and other charges stemming from the October 26, 2012 shooting of a married couple in the Hampshire neighborhood of Waldorf.
Joshua Terrell Mebane, 17, was indicted for First Degree Murder of Teresa Bass, Attempted First Degree Murder of Jerry Bass, First Degree Assault on both Mr. and Mrs. Bass, multiple counts of Use of a Handgun in the Commission of a Crime of Violence and Possessing a Handgun Under the Age of 21. Mebane faces 2 life sentences plus 68 years if convicted on all counts.
Mebane is currently incarcerated in Washington DC on an unrelated charge of murder for the death of cab driver Quadar Mohammad. Regarding when Charles County could expect Mebane's case to be scheduled, Charles County State's Attorney Tony Covington said, "Since the District currently has Mr. Mebane in their jail for an equally serious case, they will prosecute their case first. As soon as his guilt or innocence has been determined in DC, he will be brought to Charles County to stand trial on our charges. I am probably being overly optimistic, but I am hoping to have Mr. Mebane in Charles County around summer time."
When asked whether he would be seeking the death Penalty in this case, Covington indicated that, "Unless new facts emerge, this case does not meet the legal criteria that would allow the Court to impose the death penalty. So, obviously, I would not seek a penalty that the law would not allow."
Source: Office of State's Attorney for Charles County