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Tranice Richardson shot, killed in Frederick

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The hunt for the man who shot and killed a 33-year-old woman in Frederick on Friday night goes on.

Melvin William Smith. Photo: Frederick Police

Authorities say that they found Tranice Richardson of Frederick shot and killed in the area of Orchard Terrace of Hill Street just before 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Poilce named the suspect in the shooting as Melvin William Smith, a 27-year-old black male who stands 5'8" and has black hair and brown eyes.

Frederick Police say that Richardson and Smith had been involved in a romantic relationship. Richardson had briefly taken out a restraining order on Smith in 2009, but it expired when she didn't show up to a court hearing, the Frederick News-Post reports.

A 2009 paternity hearing declared that Smith was the father of a child born to Richardson.

Smith has a criminal history dating back more than a decade, including a 2000 manslaughter conviction in the shooting death of a Baltimore man. He received a five year sentence.

He also pleaded guilty to possession of narcotics in 2006 and heroin in 2010. Smith also received a 30 month sentence after pleading guilty to escape in 2006.

Police are interviewing witnesses and following leads. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Frederick Police.

Melvin William Smith

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