Police have suspect in slaying of student

March 03, 1994|By Michael James | Michael James,Sun Staff Writer

A 19-year-old city man is being sought by police in the Sept. 2, 1993, murder of Joel J. Lee, a Towson State University student shot in a Northeast Baltimore robbery that epitomized the ruthlessness of city street thugs.

Davon Neverdon, 19, of the 2400 block of Bridgehampton Drive -- just two blocks from the crime scene -- is charged in a warrant with first-degree murder, armed robbery and a handgun violation, police said.

Mr. Lee, a 21-year-old computer science major about to start his senior year, was looking for a friend's house to borrow a book when four teen-agers accosted him in a parking lot outside the Dutch Village Apartments in the 7000 block of McClean Blvd.

Mr. Neverdon is believed to be the person who shot the victim below the right eye with a .25-caliber pistol, police said today.

"He [Mr. Lee] wouldn't give up his wallet, so he was shot," said police spokesman Doug Price.

"The motive was robbery. As a consequence, they shot him."

Mr. Lee, whose family lives in Ellicott City, died clutching a hand-drawn map of the Northeast Baltimore neighborhood, which he was using to find his friend's home, police said.

The teen-agers took Mr. Lee's wallet, containing a small amount of cash and identification. The six-month investigation turned up few leads, but police recently were able to locate three of the suspects who took part in the robbery.

Police said it was still to be determined whether any or all of the other accused robbers would be charged.

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