FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Police say their suspect in the fatal shooting of a Frederick woman is in custody in Pennsylvania.

Frederick police say Melvin Smith, 27, was arrested in McKeesport, Pa., early Thursday afternoon.

He was wanted in the July 8 slaying of Tranice Richardson, 33, outside a Frederick apartment complex.

Police say Smith is being held pending extradition to Maryland.

Investigators say Smith and Richardson were romantically involved. Court records show that he fathered at least one of her four children.

Smith served five years for a manslaughter conviction stemming from a shooting in Frederick in 2000.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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