1985 Shooting Ruled Homicide

Medical examiner rules woman’s death in January related to shooting

Tuesday, Jun 26, 2012  |  Updated 10:35 PM EDT
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1985 Shooting Ruled Homicide

The death this year of a woman paralyzed in a 1985 shooting has been ruled a homicide, Prince George's County police said.

However, because of laws in effect that year, no one will be prosecuted.

Pamela Prowant was found shot multiple times in Laurel on Nov. 1, 1985, police said. She was paralyzed in the shooting and used a wheelchair for the rest of her life.

Prowant died Jan. 29. In April, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled her death a homicide resulting from the 1985 shooting.

Police consulted with the state's attorney's office and found that state law in 1985 required a victim die within a year and a day after a crime for someone to be charged with murder.

The case will not be prosecuted.

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