15-year-old female arrested for February homicide in Newport

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A 15-year-old was arrested for a February homicide that occurred on Bennett Court in Newport by Delaware State Police.

Newport (DE): Police say that detectives were able to identify 15 year-old Angelise Merced of Elsmere as a suspect and on April 13, 2020, Merced was charged with Felony Manslaughter, Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony, and Felony Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited.

“The investigation began on February 15, 2020, at approximately 9:56 p.m., when the Newport Police Department and Troopers were dispatched to the unit block of Bennett Court, for a report of a shooting at an apartment.”, according to police spokeswoman Heather Pepper, “Upon their arrival, police located a 15-year-old female gunshot victim at the residence where she was pronounced deceased at the scene.”

Merced turned herself in at Delaware State Police Troop 6 and was processed and arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 11. Merced was committed to New Castle County Detention Center on $130,000.00 cash bond., Pepper said.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1800 842-8461). You may also email the unit Director at debra.reed@state.de.us.

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