The murder case against a 19-year-old Chantilly woman is moving forward in the legal system. She was indicted by the grand jury last week for the Jan. 1 shooting death of a Woodbridge man.
SHE IS Sheena Latoya Bailey of 4139 Chantilly Lace Court in the Chantilly Mews community. Both she and her boyfriend, Ira Anderson, 20, of Manassas, are accused of first-degree murder in an incident that occurred in Fredericksburg.
According to Fredericksburg police spokesman Jim Shelhorse, Anderson allegedly pulled the trigger and Bailey reportedly drove the getaway car. The victim was Anthony King Jr., 27, and Shelhorse said he was shot once in the head and once in the arm.
Just before the tragedy, police had responded to Club Royale, a popular dance club in Fredericksburg. A fight had erupted outside the club, shortly before 2 a.m., with nearly 100 people brawling, brandishing weapons or watching.
However, the shooting actually occurred in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven, about a block away, where the crowd had moved after the brawl. Things heated up after Bailey and Anderson arrived, and King was fatally wounded.
Shelhorse said the pair never left their car and drove off quickly after the shots were fired. He said the victim was standing at the vehicle's passenger side. King was medevaced to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where he died that afternoon.
AS FOR the alleged shooters, Shelhorse said they fled in a black SUV with Virginia tags, later found in Bailey's driveway. And, he added, "We got her name and address from people at the scene."
Fairfax County police arrested Bailey and Anderson when they left her house and got into the vehicle. Both were charged with first-degree murder, plus use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and transferred to Fredericksburg.
On Feb. 16 in Fredericksburg General District Court, Bailey's firearm charge was dropped, but her murder charge was certified to the grand jury. All of Anderson's charges were sent to the grand jury, as well.
Then last Monday, Feb. 27, the grand jury indicted both Bailey and Anderson. She's set for arraignment April 12, at which time she'll enter a plea, and a date will be set for either her trial or sentencing. Anderson has already been arraigned; he pleaded not guilty and is slated for a June 28 trial.