Woman Connected to Principal Slaying Extradited to Md.

Two teens charged in principal's murder served time

Thursday, May 6, 2010  |  Updated 6:44 PM EDT
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Suspects in D.C. Principal's Death

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Authorities extradited a Washington woman to Maryland to face charges relating to the death of a D.C. school principal, officials said.

Three teenagers, including Sharif Lancaster, face murder charges in the death of 42-year-old Brian Betts, who was found at his Silver Spring home last month. They also are accused of taking several of Betts' credit cards.

Detectives transported Lancaster's mother, 46-year-old Artura Otey Williams, to Montgomery County on Thursday. She is charged with two counts of knowingly receiving a stolen credit card with the intent to use it, attempted theft and attempted credit card fraud, police said. She was caught on video using Betts' credit card at a store the day after the slaying.

At least two of the 18-year-olds charged in the homicide case -- Lancaster, Alante Saunders and Deontra Gray -- had spent time at New Beginnings, or the now-shuttered Oak Hill juvenile detention center, the Washington Post reported.

The three teens had been under the D.C. youth rehabilitation services supervision but were unaccounted for. At least seven men under the city's care have been charged with murder this year.

Court records show Lancaster and Gray have previous criminal charges that include burglary. Saunders also had theft, simple assault and other offenses on his record.
 

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