Ronald Pickett Ordered Held in Death of Girlfriend, Vanessa McGee

Ronald Pickett was ordered held this afternoon on suspicion of second-degree murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Vanessa McGee, at their home in Southeast D.C. early Saturday morning.

Pickett appeared in court wearing jeans and a black hooded sweatshirt. A preliminary hearing in the case was scheduled for March 17 at 9:30 a.m. in Judge Gerald Fisher’s courtroom.

According to charging documents in the case, a witness heard Pickett and McGee return home having an argument before the witness heard what sounded like a gunshot or a firecracker. Pickett then came to the witness and told it that he “had just accidentally shot” McGee.

In an interview with police Pickett offered that McGee “knocked on the door of their residence… [and] stated words to the effect of: ‘Call the ambulance, I’ve been shot!’” He also told police that McGee had ordered him to leave the home and as he was packing his belongings she pushed him as he was holding a gun, causing him to fire the weapon.

Charging documents follow after the jump.

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