Westminster man shot to death CARROLL COUNTY First homicide in county in '93

January 30, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

A 22-year-old Westminster-area man was killed by a shotgun blast shortly before midnight Thursday in what police described as a drug-related shooting, Carroll County's first homicide of 1993.

Gregory Lamont Howard of the 1600 block of Old Manchester Road (Route 27) was shot in the chest while standing in the 100 block of S. Center St. He was pronounced dead at Carroll County General Hospital shortly after the 11:24 p.m. shooting.

Not quite three hours later, Baltimore County police arrested two men in a car in the 600 block of Hammershire Road, off Reisterstown Road.

They were identified as Samuel Allen Miller, 22, of the 300 block of Stonecastle Ave. and Daniel Justin Leonard, 23, of the 600 block of Hammershire Road. Both were ordered held without bail by a Carroll County court commissioner yesterday.

Judge Donald M. Smith postponed their bail review hearings after Mr. Miller asked to be represented by the public defender's office and Mr. Leonard asked for time to get a private attorney.

They were returned to the Carroll County Detention Center.

Westminster police charged Mr. Miller with murder in the first and second degree, manslaughter, reckless endangerment by discharging a shotgun and assault and battery.

Mr. Leonard was charged with felony murder by being an accessory before and after the fact, and with assault and battery.

Police also obtained warrants for Timothy Cumberland, 23, of the 300 block of Bentley Park Lane, Reisterstown, whom they identified as the third man in the car at the time of the shooting.

Mr. Cumberland had not been arrested yesterday.

Investigators were also searching for a woman who was in the car when Mr. Howard was killed.

Mr. Cumberland is charged with first- and second-degree murder, manslaughter, conspiracy to commit murder and reckless endangerment.

Police reported that the men went to the 100 block of S. Center St. to buy cocaine and did purchase what they thought to be cocaine for $40. However, after driving away, they apparently thought they had been sold "fake crack" -- soap -- and returned to the scene.

Police reported that when the men got back to Center Street, Mr. Cumberland, carrying the shotgun, got out of the car demanding to see the person who had cheated him.

At that time, Mr. Howard walked up to the car window as the shotgun was thrown back into the car and the victim was shot.

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