Teen-ager surrenders in Annapolis slaying

January 04, 1991|By Monica Norton | Monica Norton,Evening Sun Staff

A New York youth surrendered early today to Annapolis police in connection with last month's slaying of an Arnold teen-ager.

Jamel Hayes, 17, came into the police station about 2:30 a.m. A little more than an hour later, Hayes was charged as an adult in the shooting death of Darryl Downs, 18, said Officer Dermott Hickey.

Hayes faces a bail hearing later today.

Downs, a student at Broadneck High School, was found shot outside the Bywater public housing project around 5 p.m. Dec. 20.

Police said Downs, Hayes, and another young man had taken a taxi cab to the 1800 block of Copeland St. where they got out. Two shots were fired. One struck Downs in the head.

L The two men left in the cab. Downs died at Anne Arundel Medi

cal Center less than an hour later.

Hickey said detectives had been talking to Hayes, since the shooting occurred to encourage him to turn himself in. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native is alleged to have held Downs down while a second man fired the fatal shot.

The second man is being sought.

Hickey said Downs' shooting was believed to be drug-related. An argument over the money apparently

preceded the shooting, he said.

Police believe the shooting involved a group of drug dealers who began moving into the Annapolis area from New York in 1988. Police said the dealers have introduced crack cocaine into the area, and brought an increase in violent crimes.

Downs' death was the last of five homicides in Annapolis last year, a record for the city.

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