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Capital Gazette Shooting Suspect Indicted On 23 Counts

ANNE ARUNDEL CO., Md. (WJZ) -- Anne Arundel County prosecutors filed a 23-count indictment Friday against the man accused of opening fire in the Capital Gazette newsroom last month, killing five people.

Ramos was already charged with five counts of first-degree murder. He was ordered held without bail earlier this month.

He was indicted Friday by a grand jury. Ramos is facing five counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Wendi Winters, Robert Hiaasen, Gerald Fischman, John McNamara and Rebecca Ann Smith.

He has also been charged with the attempted first-degree murder of photographer Paul W. Gillespie.

He was indicted on five additional charges of first-degree assault and the remaining ten charges are for the use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence.

Ramos had a long-standing dispute with the paper after it published a story about his harassment of a former classmate. He also had a history of making threats.

Ramos has been in custody since police say they found him hiding under a desk in the newsroom following the shooting on June 28. Their investigation then led them to his home in Laurel.

"It shows what we knew we would find, which is we have one bad guy and that for his own reasons he chose to do what he did yesterday," Anne Arundel County Police Deputy Chief William Krampf said in June.

Ramos said nothing in court when his public defender argued unsuccessfully for a gag order in this case.

"The public wants to know all the fine details of that. The defendant is assumed innocent until proven guilty and is entitled to a fair trial," said State's Attorney Wes Adams.

Ramos remains held without bail. The case against him will be prosecuted by Adams and Assistant State's Attorneys Jason Knight and Aaron Meyers.

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