Thursday, May 16, 2013
Police are investigating the third homicide in less than two weeks in Howard County.
A man was killed after being shot multiple times in the 5200 block of Brook Way, near the Route 29 interchange in Town Center, early Thursday morning in Columbia. Omar Oliver, 39, was found dead at the scene at about 1:30 a.m. , according to police. Police said they received a 911 call from a family member of Oliver's, who reported hearing arguing and then gun shots outside of his apartment. Another family member ran outside after the shooting and attempted CPR until paramedics arrived, but Oliver died in a grassy area near the Berkshires apartment building, according to police. Detectives do not have a suspect or a motive at this time, said police. A traffic stop related to the homicide investigation was made last night around 2:30 a.m. …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
McDonald's defense attorney argued that the victim's son was the shooter.
Dominique Davon McDonald was found guilty by a Howard County jury of second-degree murder for shooting Nicole Bernadette McNair, 42, who was killed by a single gunshot wound to the chest in a Columbia parking lot in September of 2011. McDonald, 23, closed his eyes upon hearing the verdict, while the victim's daughter sobbed quietly in the courtroom, according to Wayne Kirwan, spokesperson for the Howard County state's attorney's office. McDonald faces up to 55 years in prison for the murder charge and two additional gun charges he was found guilty of, according to Kirwan. During closing arguments on Wednesday prosecutors repeatedly reminded jurors of the scientific and forensic evidence linking McDonald to the crime. "There is a trail of …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The jury has decided the fate of a former Elkridge resident accused of killing his wife more than 20 years ago.
After hours of deliberation, a jury has found Robert Jarrett Jr. guilty of second-degree murder in the death of his former wife, Christine Jarrett, the Baltimore Sun reported. Prosecutors had been seeking a first-degree murder conviction for Robert Jarrett, who reported Christine Jarrett missing in 1991. At the time, a detective on the case said that he thought she had run away. More than 20 years later, in April 2012, police found a body later identified as Christine Jarrett buried in concrete under a shed in the back yard of the Claire Drive house the couple had shared. Neighbors told Patch that for 21 years, they had suspected that Christine Jarrett was buried in the yard in Elkridge. "All the kids said she was under there," one …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
A Columbia man was sentenced to 70 years after he pleaded guilty to first-degree murder before the conclusion of his retrial.
The retrial of a Columbia man previously convicted of first-degree murder came to an abrupt end on Monday when the man pleaded guilty to first-degree murder at Howard County Circuit Court. The sixth day of the retrial was set to get underway, when prosecutors and the defense attorney announced that a plea agreement had been reached. That was when Antajuan Lawntee Wilson, 23, pleaded guilty to the 2008 Wilde Lake murder he was previously convicted of in December of 2008, according to Wayne Kirwan, spokesperson for the Howard County state's attorney's office. The retrial had been ordered by the Maryland Court of Appeals after it was determined the jury in Wilson's 2008 trial had not been properly advised. After pleading guilty, Wilson was …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Xavier Trevon Bates pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in September.
A 19-year-old Columbia man was sentenced to life in prison with all but 60 years suspended at Howard County Circuit Court on Friday for stabbing a 17 year old to death in July of 2011. Xavier Trevon Bates pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder of Christian LenDell Massey-Hall, of Columbia, in September. "Today's verdict gave me some closure," said Christine Massey, Hall's mother, in a statement, "but I am still so very devastated. Nothing ever will be the same again." Massey was inside her Long Reach apartment when Bates charged in chasing her son, wielding a knife. She struggled to pull Bates off her son as he stabbed Hall at least 10 times in the chest, back and arms, eventually killing him, according to the statement of the facts …
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Evidence from a search of the property where the remains of Robert Jarrett's wife were found can be used in trial.
A Howard County Circuit Court judge ruled Thursday that evidence discovered in the April search of Robert Jarrett’s home may be used in his trial on charges of killing his wife. During the search of the Elkridge property, police uncovered the remains of Jarrett’s former wife, Christine, mixed with concrete and buried beneath a shed in the yard. Jarrett is accused of first-degree murder in the death. He reported his wife missing more than 21 years ago. Thursday's hearing was one of several scheduled to determine what evidence can be used in the case. According to Senior Assistant State's Attorney James J. Dietrich, Judge Richard Bernhardt denied defense motions to suppress evidence obtained from the property. Bernhardt has already …
Friday, September 28, 2012
A man who committed two murders in 2007 in Columbia was found dead in his prison cell in Allegany County early Thursday morning.
A Columbia man convicted of two 2007 murders in Columbia was found dead and bloodied in his Allegany County prison cell early Thursday morning, according to the Baltimore Sun. A motive or cause of death in Charles David Richardson IV's death has not been released, according to the Sun. Richardson, 28, was convicted of killing an acquaintance, 19-year-old Trae Davon Allen, in May of 2007 and a 7-Eleven store clerk, Alevtina Zhilina, three weeks before in April of 2007, according to the Sun. To read the full story, go here. Sign up for the Columbia Patch newsletter here and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for instant news updates and community conversations.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Anthony Patrick Parker was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the stabbing death of Phillip Edward Wise.
Anthony Patrick Parker, who admitted to stabbing Phillip Edward Wise with an eight-inch knife in a Harper's Choice parking lot but claimed self-defense, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter on Thursday, according to Wayne Kirwan, a spokesman for the state's attorney's office. The jury deliberated for seven hours, according to Kirwan. Parker, 53, who was listed in court records as having addresses in Long Reach and Gwynn Oak, turned himself in to police in September of 2011 after a warrant was issued for his arrest in relation to Wise's murder. During the trial, the prosecutor said Parker and Wise, 46, were riding around in a van with a group of friends on Sept. 13 when an argument began, according to a report in Explore Howard. Parker, …
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Robert Jarrett has been charged in the death of his former wife whose body police believe they found buried in concrete under a shed.
Police have found the body of a woman they believe was killed 21 years ago and charged her husband, who lives on Claire Drive in Elkridge, in her killing. Detectives Wednesday searched the property of Robert Jarrett, 57, and found a body buried in concrete under his shed. They charged him with first and second-degree murder in the killing of his former wife, Christine Jarrett, whom he reported missing in 1991. Robert Jarrett's current wife, from whom police said he is now separated, lived at the property. "Police received permission from the current wife to conduct a search of the property and found the remains of a woman believed to be Christine Jarrett under the floorboards of a shed, buried in concrete," said the Howard County Police …
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
The jury has been unable to reach a consensus on a verdict in the twin murder trial, court officials say.
UPDATE 7:00 p.m. - The jury recessed for the second straight day on Wednesday around 5 p.m. They are scheduled to reconvene at Howard County Circuit Court at 9 a.m. Thursday to continue deliberations. Original Story 1:42 p.m. The jury deliberating whether Wael Ali was the killer of his twin brother, Wasel, is at an impasse, according to Wayne Kirwan, a spokesman for the state’s attorney’s office. Kirwan said jurors handed a note to Judge Richard S. Bernhardt at 11:10 a.m. notifying him that they were unable to make a decision. “There’s no change since the jury left last night,” said Kirwan, quoting the jury’s note. “We don’t believe we can get beyond this point.” Bernhardt called the jury back into the courtroom around noon Wednesday and …