A 20-year-old man who was acquitted in February of killing a man in a drug dispute was found shot to death yesterday in Leakin Park, police said.
Homicide investigators believe the shooting of Troy Leroy Bennett of the 1900 block of Eutaw Place may have been the result of yet another drug dispute.
Bennett was on probation for a narcotics violation and had a history of involvement with drugs, police said.
Whether the murder was related to Bennett's acquittal in the slaying of Warren T. Johnson, a 22-year-old neighbor, remains to be seen, Detective Robert F. McAllister of the homicide unit said.
Bennett's body was discovered just after 6 a.m. by a man jogging in the 4600 block of Wetheredsville Road in Leakin Park.
The park, located in the northwestern part of the city, has historically served as a dumping grounds for murder victims.
Bennett had been dead several hours. He had been shot in the upper torso.
Detective McAllister said Bennett was last seen alive on Monday walking near his mother's house on Eutaw Place.
In February, Bennett and two other defendants went on trial for Mr. Johnson's murder in Baltimore City Circuit Court.
The victim had been shot once in the head while standing in front of his house in the 1900 block of Eutaw Place.
The shooting took place in the early morning hours of May 31, 1990, police said.
All three men charged with Warren T. Johnson's murder were acquitted.
Bennett was placed on five years' supervised probation last September after he was convicted of the possession of drugs with the intent to distribute.