Teen held without bail in slaying Youth, 15, charged in shooting of tot, had surrendered.

June 30, 1992|By Michael James | Michael James,Staff Writer Staff writers Richard Irwin and Bruce Reid contributed to this story.

...TC A 15-year-old Baltimore youth was being held without bail today after surrendering to police to face charges of killing a 3-year-old last Wednesday.

Accompanied by his mother and grandmother, Rudolph Horton Jr., of the 900 block of N. Montford Ave., walked into the Eastern District police station at 7:45 p.m. yesterday -- ending a five-day police search.

Young Horton was charged as an adult with first-degree murder in the death of Andre Antonio Dorsey, who was struck by stray gunfire in front of his family's rowhouse in the 900 block of E. Biddle St.

The 15-year-old was being held without bail at the Eastern District lockup.

"He called me and said he was going in, and he wanted me to go in with him," said Rudolph Horton's grandmother, Lena Staton, 60.

"Me and his mother met him out on the corner near my house," Ms. Staton said. "He was very scared, but glad to see us. He said to me, 'Grandma, I'm ready to go.' "

The boy talked to her briefly but did not say where he had been for the past five days, said Ms. Staton, who lives in the 1100 block of Harford Road.

Police said that young Horton last Wednesday evening had recognized a man leaving a liquor store at Biddle and Wilcox streets as a person who had robbed him a few days earlier.

The teen-ager began pursuing the man, then allegedly fired two shots, police said.

Both shots missed the man.

As the Dorsey child attempted to scurry up the front steps of his house, he was struck in the back by the second shot, according to police.

The child died shortly after arrival at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Ms. Staton said her grandson attended Robert Poole Middle School.

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