N.Y. parolee to be sent to Md. for slaying trial

December 11, 1993|By Michael James and Joan Jacobson | Michael James and Joan Jacobson,Staff Writers

The paroled New York City drug dealer accused of killing 10-year-old Tauris Johnson will be extradited to Maryland next week to stand trial on charges of first-degree murder and distribution of cocaine, New York authorities said yesterday.

Nathaniel Dawson, 24, of the Bronx, waived his right to an identity hearing in federal court and will be released to Maryland authorities, said David Fein, an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.

L A date for his return has not been scheduled, Mr. Fein said.

Dawson, who is on parole for narcotics distribution in New York, was arrested Wednesday at his apartment. Police and federal agents seized an array of weapons and more than $100,000 worth of cocaine and marijuana.

The Johnson youth was killed Nov. 4 when he was caught in a shootout near his home in the 1700 block of E. Oliver St.

Dawson and two other men known only by their street names -- "Scooter" and "Uptown" -- are believed to have been running a cocaine ring in the East Baltimore area where Tauris was killed, federal prosecutors said.

Dawson's criminal history in Baltimore dates back to 1987, when he was arrested for selling heroin, according to city District Court records.

Yesterday, a local advertising agency donated its direct-mail services to the Citizens Planning and Housing Association in a quest for donations to help the CPHA fight open-air drug markets in Baltimore.

Lewis Advertising, at 325 E. Oliver St., mailed 10,000 letters yesterday asking for donations.

The money will go toward CPHA's efforts to help Baltimore neighborhoods eliminate public drug dealing.

The group has held rallies on corners where drug dealers congregate and sought court orders to oust tenants who deal drugs.

Jim Dickman, vice president of Lewis Advertising, said his employees wanted to do something in reaction to the killing of the Johnson youth.

"As a company, we try to give something back to the community. It seemed very appropriate to combine what we do well, which is to do a direct marketing campaign," he said. "What we're really hoping for is to become a national model where businesses and communities come together."

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