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Monday, 29 December 2008

“Lady Red” has been charged with two homicides

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15-year-old Bronx girl who goes by the street name “Lady Red” has been charged with two homicides, including the death of a man whose body was found stuffed in a garbage bag.Sharell Butler was arraigned late Saturday and charged with murder in the deaths of 24-year-old Christopher Umpierre on Dec. 19 and 22-year-old John Hopkins-Drago on Dec. 21.A Bronx building superintendent found Hopkins-Drago’s dismembered body on Barnes Avenue. Police believer Butler killed him as part of some kind of retaliation. The teenager was charged with manslaughter and assault in addition to homicide in the case of Hopkins-Drago. The medical examiner’s office said the cause of death was stab wounds to his head, torso and extremities.
Prosecutors said Umpierre was shot in the chest during a home invasion robbery involving Butler and a second suspect. She was charged with second-degree murder, burglary, robbery and criminal possession of a weapon in Umpierre’s homicide.
Butler was arraigned in Bronx criminal court and was being held without bail, said Steven Reed, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office. Police said Buttler is a member of a street gang – “The Bloods,” which is one of the street gangs originally founded in Los Angeles. The gang has more than 15,000 members nationwide, according to the Department of Justice.

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