Tarey Faust was seeking revenge.
Earlier on that hot July night, a group of white men had taunted Faust with racial slurs after he stopped at a pay phone at Miles Avenue and 29th Street in Remington. Faust fled after a bottle shattered the rear window of his car. He went to his home in the 2800 block of Remington Ave., phoned his best friend and they went looking for the men, prosecutors said.
Faust, who is black, was stabbed twice in the ensuing confrontation. His friend, Harold Parker, 27, died after being stabbed three times during the July 18 incident.
Yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court, three men pleaded guilty to charges that grew out of the incident.
Eric Archer-Burton, 25, pleaded guilty in Baltimore Circuit Court to second-degree murder in connection with Parker's slaying. Prosecutors will seek a 12-year sentence for Archer-Burton, of the 4000 block of Falls Road.
John Edwin Mooney, 29, of the 2900 block of Miles Ave., pleaded guilty to the attempted second-degree murder of Faust, 27. Prosecutors will recommend a five-year sentence.
Charles Edward Tippett Jr., 23, of the 400 block of Tuxedo St., pleaded guilty to malicious destruction for hurling a bottle through the rear window of Faust's car.
A fourth man, Thomas R. Barksdale 3rd, 22, of the 400 block of Tuxedo St., was expected to plead guilty today to an assault charge for punching Parker before the stabbing.
Before accepting yesterday's pleas, Judge Ellen M. Heller asked to hear from Faust and Parker's sister.
"We feel that [Archer-Burton] should be punished to the fullest extent and we feel the judicial system should do its job," Michelle Parker said.
The case was complicated by contradictions in witness accounts and the fact the victims were armed, prosecutor Richard D. Lawlor said. "There should be no question that this office will vigorously prosecute hate crimes," he said. "But that does not absolve us of our responsibility to prosecute these crimes according to the law."
The plea bargains "satisfy the interest of justice," he said. "They will not satisfy anyone who is bloodthirsty."
Lawlor told the judge that racism played a role as Mooney uttered racial epithets against Faust. But excessive drinking by both the defendants and the victims may have played a bigger role.
One of the defendants told police that several of the men involved in the attack had consumed three cases of beer that July night. Faust and Parker had been drinking earlier.
The incident began when Faust stopped at the corner of Miles Avenue and 29th Street to use a pay phone, prosecutors said. "The phone don't work, man," Mooney told him. Mooney and two other men taunted Faust, and Tippett shattered the rear window of Faust's car with a bottle.
Faust returned to the neighborhood with Parker, who weighs 240 pounds. They armed themselves with a butcher knife and a lead pipe, prosecutors said. But Faust told police that he decided to leave when an angry crowd of men converged on his car. One witness told police there were 10 men.
"People started coming from everywhere," Faust told investigators. "They came out of the woodwork." An eyewitness overheard a scared Faust say, "I'm out of here," court records show.
Kerry Weller, 39, told investigators that he watched the attack from a window in his Miles Avenue home, according to court records.
Weller, a city employee, said he saw Archer-Burton reach into the passenger side of Faust's car, where Parker was seated.
Archer-Burton then walked over to the gutter and soaked a blood-stained knife into water, Weller told investigators.
Archer-Burton, using expletives, acknowledged that he "got" Parker, according to witnesses. Faust, with a bleeding Parker beside him, raced to Sinai Hospital and pulled up to the wrong entrance. A hysterical Faust was arrested after a scuffle with hospital security officers, prosecutors said. Faust was later acquitted of assault, resisting arrest and other charges. Parker was pronounced dead at the hospital with stab wounds to the arm, chest and neck.