The 24-year-old man charged with fatally shooting his pregnant girlfriend and her 3-year-old child in Baltimore told a judge Monday that he is innocent, at a hearing where he was ordered held without bail.
At a brief bail review hearing, a public defender representing Devon Sample said he “would never harm” Shiand Miller, who was carrying his son, and her daughter, Shaniya.
“He is claiming his innocence,” said public defender Sophia Barilone.
Sample was charged Saturday with two counts of first-degree murder related to the shooting. Miller and her daughter were found dead inside of her vehicle around midday Friday in the 200 block of Boswell Road in Southwest Baltimore. Police said Monday that the case has been ruled a triple homicide.
Police wrote in charging documents that surveillance cameras from the night before show a vehicle similar to a black BMW owned by Sample being followed by Miller’s 2008 Subaru pulling to the side of the road.
“From the video it appears an occupant of the dark SUV then exits his vehicle and stands at the driver side of the gray sedan,” police wrote in charging documents. “The occupant then goes over to the passenger side of the gray sedan, and repeats the act again.”
Police said three separate muzzle flashes are visible from within the vehicle.
Sample was interviewed by detectives and initially denied interacting with Miller at the location, then was confronted with the video footage and admitted he had been there.
“However, Mr. Sample claims he got into his car, left the area and never saw the victims again,” police wrote.
Sample was brought in separate from other detainees for Monday’s bail review. His attorney said that he attended community college in California for computer science, and works as a cryptocurrency trader. He has no prior convictions or charges for violence, she said.
Prosecutors noted a prior charge of neglect of a minor, which related to Shaniya, who has a different father. Sample attempted to speak up about the charge, saying the girl “snuck out,” but his attorney instructed him to remain silent.
“He has been raising that child since birth,” Barilone told the judge.
Police said they continue to investigate the case.