Bail reduced for suspect in slaying

February 25, 1993|By Staff Report

A Carroll District Court judge reduced bail from $25,000 to $10,000 yesterday for a Westminster man charged in connection with the shooting death of Gregory Lamont Howard last month on South Center Street.

Matthew August Balaz Sr., 25, of the 2400 block of Sandymount Road was being held in the Carroll County Detention Center.

He was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of being an accessory after the fact for his alleged role in disposing of the gun used in the slaying.

Police also have charged Timothy Cumberland and Daniel Justin Leonard, both 23 and of Reisterstown, and Samuel Allen Miller, 22, of Owings Mills, in connection with the homicide.

City police said that Mr. Howard, 22, was killed Jan. 28 when Mr. Cumberland, Mr. Leonard and Mr. Miller returned to a South Center Street corner to find the person who had sold them laundry detergent instead of crack cocaine.

Police said Mr. Howard had not been involved in the transaction, but the three men thought he had and he was killed by a shotgun blast as he walked toward the car in which they were sitting.

Police said the three men later told Mr. Balaz about the killing and he disposed of the shotgun the next day.

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