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Arrests made in King George slaying

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A King George County woman and a Maryland man have been arrested and a second man has been charged in a double shooting in King George this week in which one man was killed and another wounded.

Ronelle Davon Johnson, 20, and a second 20-year-old man were shot multiple times outside Johnson’s home on Winston Place near Comorn on Tuesday evening, Sheriff Steve Dempsey said.

Johnson died at the scene off State Route 3 west of the courthouse. The second victim was rushed for treatment and is expected to survive.

Both victims had their hands bound behind their backs with duct tape at the time of the shootings. Dempsey said the ensuing investigation revealed that the shootings were drug-related.

Tennage Michel Shanks, 42, of King George was arrested in Colonial Beach Thursday, Dempsey said. She is being held in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond in the slaying and other charges.

Michael Clinton, 28, of Bladensburg, Md., was arrested Wednesday in Prince George’s County, Md., on an armed robbery charge there.

Dempsey said Maryland detectives contacted King George Detective Karen Richards Thursday to inform her that Clinton may have been involved in the King George slaying.

King George detectives Joe Patterson and Scott Simon went to Prince George’s to investigate Clinton’s role in the shootings.

The resulting investigation led to the charges, Dempsey said. Clinton faces multiple counts, including murder in King George, but is being held in Maryland on charges there.



The third suspect is 30-year-old Anthony William Goodman of Upper Marlboro, Md. He had not been apprehended as of Friday night and police believe he is hiding in the Washington or Prince George’s County areas.

Dempsey said Goodman and Clinton are members of the criminal street gang the Bloods.

All three suspects are charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, malicious wounding, two counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony and two counts of abduction. Clinton and Goodman are also charged with possessing a firearm as convicted felons.

Dempsey said information gathered through interviews, cellphones and Facebook posts helped police identify the suspects.

State police, the FBI, the Colonial Beach Police Department and the Caroline and Westmoreland sheriff’s offices are assisting in the investigation.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404


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