Suspects in deadly shooting of 2-year-old boy held without bond in Prince George’s County

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (DC News Now) — Two suspects in the deadly shooting of a two-year-old Prince George’s County boy were ordered to be held without bond by a judge on Monday.

Johnny Turcios and Israel Fuentes, Jr. are facing murder and attempted murder charges in the death of two-year-old Jeremy Poou-Caceres and the shooting of his 17-year-old mother, who are thought to have been innocent bystanders near a shootout in Langley Park on Thursday evening.

Several of their family members were in court during the proceedings, emotional as they whispered to prosecutors asking the judge to keep the two men behind bars.

Both Turcios’ and Fuentes, Jr.’s public defenders asked for them to stay behind bars and waive the bond hearing altogether, citing the seriousness of the charges. The judge said he could not allow their attorneys to do that.

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Prosecutors and the judge agreed the two suspects should be held without bond.

New court documents revealed Fuentes, Jr. told detectives he felt “terrible about what happened to the child.”

During court proceedings Monday, prosecutors brought up Turcios being in violation of his probation for a previous robbery charge, saying he wasn’t supposed to be in possession of a firearm. Police recovered several guns during their recent investigation.

Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy says the public’s help has been critical in the case. In the hours after the shooting, several witnesses came forward and told police they saw both suspects in an argument over drug distribution territory, saw both pull out guns and shoot at another group of men.

“I dare say, if it were not been for the witnesses, the case would not have moved as fast as it did. The identity of the suspects would not have been known as quick as we did,” said Braveboy. “[Witness testimony] is very compelling to juries because they’re people just like them. I can’t tell you how grateful we are to those witnesses.”

Police and prosecutors are still asking for the public’s help in finding other suspects who may have been involved in the shooting.

Both suspects are due back in court in early March.

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