Parkville man dies of beating

January 02, 1994|By Jonathan Bor | Jonathan Bor,Staff Writer

Police have charged an 18-year-old man with the murder of Charles W. George of Parkville, who was kicked and beaten to death on New Year's Eve while walking near his home.

Mr. George, 52, who worked at a state employment office, was Baltimore County's 35th homicide victim of 1993.

He was found lying in the street near the intersection of Putty Hill Avenue and Harford Road at about 10:30 p.m., and declared dead at Franklin Square Hospital about an hour later.

Douglas William Taylor, who lives on the 600 block of Dembytown Road in Joppa, was charged with first-degree murder in the incident.

Police said Mr. George, who lived on the 8800 block of Baker Ave., was taking a walk when Mr. Taylor and six of his friends were seen leaving a nearby apartment.

A female witness who phoned police said several of the men argued with Mr. George, then attacked him.

The witness also supplied police with the license plate number of the car in which the suspects drove off. The car, traced through motor vehicle records, belonged to Mr. Taylor's brother, who was not involved in the incident.

When police contacted the brother, he suggested that Mr. Taylor and his friends would probably drive to the Town and Country Apartments in White Marsh. Homicide investigators later arrested Mr. Taylor and two other men as they pulled up at the complex.

Mr. Taylor was identified as the main aggressor, and the two companions were released without being charged, police said.

Sgt. Ronald Stotler said police are still trying to learn more about the killing -- including what motivated it.

Investigators are looking for the witness in hopes that she can supply information.

The witness was seen leaving the area in a small- to midsized car.

Anyone with information can call police communications at 887-2198.

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