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Suspect held without bail in shooting of Plant High grad

(ran NS, S editions of Tampa Bay & State)

A northeast Washington man has been ordered held without bail for his suspected role in a fatal carjacking of a woman from Tampa.

Arlington County General District Court Judge Joseph Gwaltney on Thursday ordered 22-year-old Antonio Haggins to remain in the county detention center until a Dec. 9 preliminary hearing. The hearing will be to determine whether enough evidence exists to present the case to a county grand jury.

Haggins faces carjacking and first-degree murder charges in Monday's attack on Meredith Miller, a Plant High School graduate, who was shot to death around midnight in the parking lot of her apartment complex.

He was arrested about an hour after the shooting by a District police officer who recognized Miller's 1993 Ford Explorer. Police reported finding the murder weapon, a two-shot .22 caliber derringer, on the front seat of the vehicle and extra ammunition in one of Haggins' pockets.

Wearing a dark blue jail coveralls, Haggins, who also goes by the name of Antonio Higgins, smiled briefly in court but spoke only to answer that he understood the charges against him.

District police also are holding a second man, 36-year-old David James Lee, arrested Wednesday in the slaying.

Lee, who appeared before a D.C. Superior Court commissioner on Thursday, waived extradition and is expected to be returned to Arlington to answer the same murder and carjacking charges.