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Three Suspects Charged In Murder Of D.C. School Principal

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The three suspects, Sharif Lancaster, Deontra Gray, and Alante Saunders have lengthy criminal histories.
Elliott Francis
The three suspects, Sharif Lancaster, Deontra Gray, and Alante Saunders have lengthy criminal histories.

By Elliott Francis

As the investigation into the murder of middle school Principal Brian Betts widens some questions are being left unanswered.

According to court documents, the 3 defendants charged in the killing: Alante Saunders, Deontra Gray and Sharif Lancaster, have lengthy rap sheets.

Charges range from carrying unlicensed guns, to 1st degree sexual assault. Police say fingerprints belonging to Lancaster and Saunders were found inside Betts' home, and on his stolen SUV. But who actually shot the principal?

"I think it would be inappropriate for me to opine who we believe is the shooter at this time," says Montgomery County State's Attorney, John McCarthy.

A witness described in the affidavit claims two men got out of the stolen SUV in Southeast D.C., and left with two other men in a second vehicle. Police have three suspects in custody. Are they looking for a fourth?

"I don't think they foreclosed there may be other individuals involved, but whether others are charged will be a result of the continuing police investigation," says McCarthy.

Investigators believe the motive was robbery.


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