The man and woman who were arrested in Frederick County on Sunday in connection with a Charles Town homicide will both return to West Virginia after court appearances Monday.

Elliott De John Lansdowne, 28, and Emma Marie Phillips, 20, both waived their rights to protest their extradition back to West Virginia in back-to-back appearances before Frederick County District Judge Earl W. Bartgis Jr.

Lansdowne will face a first-degree murder charge, while Phillips’ warrant charged her with being an accessory after the fact in the shooting death of 28-year-old Charles Town resident Taylor Pond, according to a previous story published in The Frederick News-Post.

Given the charges, authorities in Charles Town will not likely wait long to arrange for the pair to be transferred, said Matthew Harvey, the prosecuting attorney of Jefferson County, West Virginia.

“Now they will be returned to West Virginia and then, within 10 days of arriving in our jurisdiction, they will have a preliminary hearing on the charges for the case to proceed,” Harvey said when reached for comment Monday.

Pond was found dead from a gunshot wound in her home in the 100 block of North West Street in Charles Town shortly after police arrived to investigate a call about gunfire at 11:36 p.m. Saturday, according to a release Monday from the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office. Lansdowne was quickly developed as a suspect, but the release did not provide details of the crime and Charles Town police were not available for comment Monday.

While Harvey could not discuss many specifics of the case, he did provide a few details.

“I know that the defendant did speak with our detectives and I know that the defendant and the victim knew each other, but I don’t know the depths of their relationship at this point,” Harvey said.

Lansdowne was taken into custody at 12:45 a.m. Sunday after Frederick County sheriff’s deputies tracked his vehicle to his parents’ home in Jefferson. Phillips was arrested later at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, according to records provided by the Frederick County Adult Detention Center.

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Jeremy Arias is the Frederick city and government reporter for The Frederick News-Post.

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