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Suspects charged in fatal shooting of woman retrieving diaper bag

Murder suspects to be arraigned in death of woman who was shot while retrieving a diaper bag

A man and teenage girl are scheduled to be arraigned in July on murder charges in the fatal shooting of a woman in Long Beach as she retrieved her son's diaper bag.

Jason Anthony Haggerty, 30, and Tatiyana Marie Tate, 16, were each charged with one count of murder. The girl is being charged as an adult. 

Haggerty also is charged with one count of attempted premeditated murder and faces several special allegations, such as committing murder while lying in wait and killing a witness to a crime, according to prosecutors. 

Authorities said Haggerty has an extensive criminal history that includes assaults, property crimes, narcotics violations and fraud. 

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The shooting of Jazzmine Marie Wash, 23, the mother of a 3-year-old boy, occurred around 6:20 a.m. last July 25. 

Long Beach police investigators say Wash dropped off her son at her grandparents' apartment in the 500 block of Walnut Avenue.

She was about to retrieve her son's diaper bag when Haggerty allegedly shot her multiple times with a 9-mm semiautomatic handgun, police said.

Wash was pronounced dead at the complex by Long Beach fire paramedics.

Investigators determined through their investigation that Wash had been the victim of a crime earlier that morning in South Los Angeles.  

They said Wash was sitting on a bus bench with her 3-year-old son when a person pointed a gun at her. She fled and called police.

After giving a statement to Los Angeles police officers, Wash called her friend, Tate, for a ride to her grandparents' home. Police said Tate drove the victim to the complex, where she was ambushed by Haggerty. 

Police and prosecutors alleged that Tate conspired with Haggerty to kill Wash. Police said Haggerty was facing a probation violation and blamed Wash for it. 

"This was the motive for the murder," a police statement read in September when the arrests of Haggerty and Tate were announced.

Wash was one of 40 people killed in Long Beach in 2013, according to L.A. Times' Homicide Report

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5 p.m.: This post has been updated with a new arraignment date.