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Police Rule 1985 Laurel Shooting a Homicide

Victim dies 27 years after sustaining injuries in shooting.

The death of a South Laurel woman who died this year due to injuries she sustained during a shooting in 1985 has been ruled a homicide, according to Prince George’s County police. But the case can't be prosecuted.

Police announced Tuesday that the death of Pamela Prowant, 52, who was left paralyzed and in a wheel chair after being shot in an incident on South Laurel Drive, was due to complications of the shooting, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore.

According to police, on Nov. 1 1985, officers were dispatched to 11721 South Laurel Drive, #412A for a reported shooting. Upon arrival, Prowant was found on the bedroom floor of her apartment suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. She was transported to Prince George’s Hospital Center for treatment but suffered paralysis and was confined to a wheelchair until her death in January of this year at a local hospital.

According to the State’s Attorney’s Office, Prowant’s death is no longer prosecutable due to a 1985 law that required that a victim die within one year and one day in order for a suspect to be charged with murder.

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