15-year-old Boy Charged As Adult In Two Shootings

April 14, 1991|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff writer

A Havre de Grace High School freshman has been charged as an adult with attempted murder in two recent shootings.

The 15-year-old, Karl S. Miller, was indicted in a February shooting by a Harford grand jury on April 2 -- four days before the second shooting on April 6, though police did not serve the indictment until after the second shooting -- Assistant State's Attorney Michael Sanger said.

The victim of the April shooting initially told police he was shot when a car drove by him as he walked down a Havre de Grace street. He later changed his story, saying Miller shot him, police said.

Police said Miller turned himself in to police.

Miller, who is being held in the county Detention Center on $250,000 bond, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Harford District Court on May 2.

Attempted murder carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Police gave this account of the first shooting:

Miller and a co-defendant, Melvin W. Ward Jr., 18, of Havre de Grace, were in a parking lot along Revolution Street when Ward fired shots at two men who drove by in a car on Feb. 25.

Miller is charged with providing Ward with thegun, a .380 semiautomatic handgun, which was reported stolen from a Havre de Grace sportsman shop in November. Police say they found the gun in Miller's possession.

Miller was charged as a juvenile in a that November burglary, Sanger said.

Ward, who is being held at the detention center without bond, was indicted on two counts each of attempted murder, assault with intent to murder, assault and use of a handgun, court papers say. He also was charged with malicious destruction and reckless endangerment.

On April 2, Miller was indicted inthe February shooting on one count each of attempted murder, assaultwith intent to murder, assault, use of a handgun, malicious destruction and reckless endangerment for his role in the shoot


Inthe April 6 incident, Miller is accused of shooting a 25-year-old Havre de Grace man in the chest and head, according to the police report filed in Harford District Court.

Miller has been charged with attempted murder, assault with intent to murder and battery, documents in district court say.

Miller was charged the day after the shooting when he went to the police department with his parents, police said. His mother later gave investigators a handgun police believe to bethe one used in the shooting, police said.

The arrest came after the victim, Thomas Hawkins, apparently fabricated a story about the shooting, police said.

According to the police report filed in district court, officers went to the 100 block of Vancherie Court to answer a report of a shooting. At the scene, police found Hawkins.

Hawkins, who was conscious, told the officers that the bullets that struck him were fired from a gray Mercury Topaz while he was walking in the 900 block of Warren Street, about two blocks from where Hawkins was found by police.

Police found seven .25-caliber shell casings along Warren Street, the report said.

While being treated at HarfordMemorial Hospital, Hawkins told a relative that Miller shot him, thereport says.

Hawkins also told the relative that he lied to keep the police off Miller's trail, the report says. The report did not suggest why Hawkins might want to protect the youth.

Police are not sure why the shooting occurred.

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