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Va. man charged in 2003 killing of girlfriend

Tuesday - 11/5/2013, 2:19pm  ET

This photo provided by The Manassas City, Va., Police Department shows Joaquin Shadow Rams. A Manassas man already facing capital murder charges for the death of his 1-year-old son has now been charged with the murder of his girlfriend a decade ago. And prosecutors say the man, Joaquin Shadow Rams, remains under investigation in the 2008 death of his mother, which was initially ruled a suicide. (AP Photo/The Manassas City Police Department)

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) -- A father already facing a potential death penalty in the slaying of his 15-month-old son has now been charged in the decade-old killing of an ex-girlfriend.

Prince William County Commonwealth's Attorney Paul Ebert said Monday that a grand jury indicted 41-year-old Joaquin Shadow Rams of Manassas on murder and related charges for the 2003 shooting death of Shawn Mason.

Ebert said Rams also remains under investigation in the 2008 death of his mother, Alma Collins, which was initially ruled a suicide.

Rams' son, Prince McLeod Rams, died on an unsupervised custody visit. Authorities believe Rams drowned the boy to collect on life insurance. The boy's mother had warned that her son would be in danger if left alone with Rams.

Rams' attorney did not return a phone call seeking comment.


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