WASHINGTON (WUSA) - A District man was indicted Friday on murder and other charges after he shot his former girlfriend dead in front of her children in Northeast Washington in February.
Reynaud Cook, 28, was indicted by the D.C. Superior Court and charged with first-degree murder while armed, first-degree cruelty to children, second-degree cruelty to children, weapons offenses, and contempt of court for violating a civil protection order. If convicted, Cook potentially faces life in prison.
The shooting took place in the 3300 block of Alden Place, NE on February 15, 2012, at approximately 7:22 p.m. Officers responding to the report of a shooting found 30-year-old Yolanda Stone suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. She was taken to an area hospital for treatment. On Sunday, May 20, 2012, Stone, who had been hospitalized since the shooting, died from her injuries.
According to the court, Stone drove to Alden Place to pick up one of her children that she had with Cook. She had previously obtained a civil protection order requiring Cook to stay 100 feet away from her. When Stone arrived to pick up the child, she was accompanied by two other minors and she parked her truck in the middle of the street.
Yolanda Stone, 30, drove to the 3300 block of Alden Place NE to pick up one of her children that she had in common with Cook. Ms. Stone had previously obtained a civil protection order requiring Cook to stay 100 feet away from her. When Ms. Stone, along with two other minor children, arrived to pick up the child, she parked her truck in the middle of the street. Cook then allegedly approached Ms. Stone while she was near her vehicle, argued with her, and pulled a gun. When Stone tried to run away, Cook shot her in the head and in multiple places in her body. Cook then fled the scene, abandoning the children.
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