1990 murder suspect is under arrest

August 23, 1991

A suspect has been arrested in the Dec. 21, 1990 murder of Thomas Ray Powell, 38, of the 1800 block of E. 32nd St.

James Leslie Borders, 32, who had stated that he would not be taken alive, was arrested without incident yesterday after he emerged at 10 a.m. from his apartment in the 2400 block of Perring Manor Road in northeast Baltimore.

He was taken into custody by a joint task force of Baltimore Police fugitive squad members, deputy U.S. marshals and Baltimore City deputy sheriffs.

A spokesman for the marshal service said Powell and another man were in Borders' apartment Dec. 21 when they began arguing over a $200 debt owed by Powell. The other man pulled a 9mm handgun and chased Powell outside, where he fired two shots, killing Powell, the spokesman said.

Police had been seeking Borders ever since. He was being held without bail at the city's Eastern District lockup today awaiting a bail review hearing.

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