Murder suspects assaulted

June 30, 1992|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Staff Writer

Two of the three men accused of the murder of an Aberdeen cab driver were assaulted last night at the Harford County Detention Center, according to a spokesman for the county Sheriff's Department.

Deputy Sheriff Dewayne Curry said the suspects were injured in separate incidents in different parts of the detention center shortly after 9 p.m.

Deputy Curry said the Sheriff's Department is investigating the assaults and said no arrests have been made.

It appeared no weapons were used, he said.

"We don't know if the assaults were connected with the murder they are charged with . . . or if it was just a fight between inmates," said Deputy Curry.

One of the victims, Stanley Joseph Baczeski, 29, of the 200 block of Valley Road in Aberdeen, was treated at Fallston General Hospital for a minor head injury and was later released.

The other victim, Billy Joe Brinegar, 19, of the first block of Warren St., also in Aberdeen, did not require any medical treatment, according to reports.

Mr. Baczeski and Billy Joe's brother, Clifton Paul Brinegar, 19, of the 200 block of Plaza Court, Aberdeen, were arrested Saturday and charged with first-degree murder in the death of Elvert Jones, 41, a driver for the Victory Cab Co.

Mr. Jones was last heard from on the night of June 22, when he asked a dispatcher how much to charge to transport a passenger from Aberdeen to Edgewood.

Acting on a tip, police divers found the cab under 55 feet of water in a slate quarry in Whiteford.

Mr. Jones' body was in the cab's trunk.

The state medical examiner's office in Baltimore ruled yesterday that Mr. Jones had been strangled to death.

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