Pair of brothers seized in killing at Morgan State

March 04, 1994|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Sun Staff Writer

Two Coppin State College freshmen were arrested early today in connection with the stabbing death of one Morgan State University student and the serious stabbings of two other MSU students during a fight outside a Morgan gymnasium Feb. 17.

The suspects, who are brothers and live on the Coppin campus in the 2500 block of W. North Ave., were arrested without incident about 3 a.m. today in their dorm room by Sgt. Terry McLarney and Detectives Martin Disney and Albert Marcus of the city police homicide squad.

The arrests, said Detective Disney, followed an intensive investigation during which witnesses to the fatal stabbing of Sean Jones, 22, of Elmsford, N.Y., who lived on Saturn Court in Baltimore County, and the wounding of Shanile Shakoor, 20, of the 5200 block of Leith Road, and Marlon Sullivan, 21, of the 5200 block of Loch Raven Blvd., provided police with information that led to the suspects' identities.

Detective Disney said photos of the brothers, Mark Stevenson, 19, and Scott Stevenson, 20, both of the Bronx, N.Y., were obtained from Coppin State officials Wednesday and were shown to the witnesses, who identified the brothers as the men who attacked the victims.

Scott Stevenson, police said, was charged with first-degree murder, assault with intent to kill and possession of a deadly weapon.

Mark Stevenson was charged with assault with intent to kill and possession of a deadly weapon.

Both were held at the Western District lockup pending a bail review hearing today before a judge at the Wabash District Court.

Two knives were used in the attacks, police said.

Police said the fatal altercation grew out of a minor incident about 5:30 p.m. Feb. 17 when someone kicked Sean Jones' Ford Escort as he attempted to park on an MSU lot before attending business classes.

During a verbal exchange, witnesses told police, the other man pulled out a knife and threatened Mr. Jones, a junior, who left the area.

About two hours later, Mr. Jones, along with Mr. Shakoor and Mr. Sullivan, returned to the MSU campus looking for the man who kicked Mr. Jones' car. Outside the Edward P. Hurt gymnasium, the trio found the man, who was with several others.

A fight broke out, during which Mr. Jones was stabbed in the back and his friends were also stabbed. Police said there were several witnesses to the fight, since a crowd had gathered to attend a comedy show at the school.

Police said the Stevenson brothers were at Morgan State to see the show.

In the confusion, police said, the assailants fled, throwing away evidence that was later found and given to investigators. Among the evidence, police said, was a knife believed used in the assault.

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