Suspect in slaying captured Boy, 13, killed in doorbell dispute

April 20, 1992|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff Writer

An ex-convict charged in the December killing of a 13-year-old boy who had taunted the man's father by repeatedly ringing his doorbell was arrested by police yesterday evening in Southwest Baltimore.

Homicide detectives arrested William Cecil Brandon Jr., 49, about 6 p.m. on a corner in the 600 block of Poplar Grove St.

Police said the man, who had changed his appearance by growing a beard, apparently was living on the street, only 15 blocks from his father's home, where the slaying occurred.

"We got a tip he was in the area," said Sgt. Jay Landsman of the homicide unit. "We rode up there, and we found him. We were looking for him for a long time. He was supposed to go out of state, but he came back."

Brandon, who was on probation for a drug charge and had been convicted of manslaughter in 1969, was to be featured on the syndicated TV program "America's Most Wanted" in May.

Sergeant Landsman said the suspect, charged with first-degree murder, made no comment to police.

Rubin "Moe" Lawson of the 900 block of Edmondson Ave. was killed Dec. 8 after a dispute about children ringing the doorbell at the home of William C. Brandon Sr., 68, who lives in the unit block of N. Smallwood St.

Shortly before 8 p.m., the youths rang the bell more than once and apparently taunted the elder Mr. Brandon before darting away, police said.

The bell-ringing was repeated, and the suspect, who was visiting his father, opened the door, grabbed Rubin, pressed a handgun to the youth's chest and pulled the trigger, police said.

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