2nd woman dies after shooting

January 01, 1994|By John W. Frece | John W. Frece,Staff Writer

The second of two women shot in the head Thursday at a house in Severn has died, and the boyfriend of the other slain woman has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

Anne Arundel County Police said yesterday they were holding Darris A. Ware, 22, at the county Detention Center in the killings of Betina Krista Gentry, 18, and Cynthia Allen, 22. Both were shot with a .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun, though the weapon has not been recovered, said police spokesman Jeff Kelly.

Police said the only address they have for Mr. Ware is a post office box in Fort Pierce, Fla.

Mr. Kelly said detectives investigating the case believe Mr. Ware had been dating Ms. Gentry, and that the shooting inside the two-story house on a cul-de-sac in the 1900 block of Bastille Court apparently followed a domestic argument between them.

After the argument, Mr. Ware apparently left the residence and then returned a short while later, Mr. Kelly said.

Police said they knew little about either of the victims, but said Ms. Allen, apparently a friend of Ms. Gentry's, may have simply been in the wrong place at the wrong time.

When police responded shortly after 1:30 p.m., Mr. Kelly said they found Ms. Gentry's body in the first-floor living room and Ms. Allen in a nearby bathroom.

The two women apparently had been shot in different rooms, although it was unclear whether Ms. Allen had been trying to escape or which of the two victims was shot first, Mr. Kelly said.

Ms. Allen was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she died of her wounds shortly after 11 p.m. Thursday.

Police do not know how many shots were fired, and are awaiting the results of autopsies, Mr. Kelly added.

Ms. Allen's death brings Arundel's homicide total to 19 for 1993, tying the record set in 1989.

Witnesses told police they had observed a black Jeep Cherokee with Florida registration leaving the area after the shooting.

About an hour after police were at the scene, a black Jeep Cherokee was seen in the vicinity of the house and police detained its driver for questioning. The driver was Mr. Ware, Mr. Kelly said.

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