Charles Robert Smith indicted for murders, hate crimes

Charles Robert Smith (Annapolis Police Dept.) and Mario Antonio Mireles, Nicolas Mireles, Christian Marlon Segovia (top to bottom, via WBAL screenshots)

A 43-year-old white man in Maryland is facing a series of felonies for an alleged mass shooting that took the lives of three of his Latino neighbors — including a father and son — with whom he was in an ongoing feud over street parking.

An Anne Arundel County grand jury on Friday returned a true bill indicting Charles Robert Smith on 42 separate crimes, including three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of race or religious crime resulting in death for fatally shooting Mario Antonio Mireles, 27, Christian Marlon Segovia, 24, and Mario Mireles Ruiz’s father, Nicolas Mireles, 55, authorities announced.

Under Maryland state law, a hate crime is a criminal act that that “appears to be completely or partly motivated by race, color, religion, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender, or disability” and allows prosecutors to seek increased prison sentences for offenders.

According to a press release from the Office of the State’s Attorney for Ann Arundel County, the grand jury also indicted Smith on six counts each of attempted first-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault and second-degree assault, allegedly committed against six other victims who survived the massacre.

The scene outside of Charles Robert Smith

The scene outside of Charles Robert Smith’s home following the alleged fatal shooting of three men (WBAL-TV screenshot)

Smith is also facing nine counts of use of a firearm in a crime of violence for the crimes allegedly committed against all nine victims.

The incident allegedly unfolded on the evening of June 11, according to charging documents obtained by The Baltimore Banner. The documents reportedly state that Mario Mireles’ mother was having a birthday party at her home located on Paddington Place when one of the guests allegedly parked in the street and blocked Smith’s driveway. The two families had a long and hostile relationship with one another, court documents reportedly stated.

Charles Robert Smith indicted for murders, hate crimes

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