City jail inmate charged in '93 killing of woman

March 17, 1994|By Glenn Small | Glenn Small,Sun Staff Writer

Baltimore County police arrested a city detention center inmate yesterday and charged him in the March 1993 slaying of a 19-year-old Randallstown woman shot several times in the head as her infant son crawled about their apartment.

When police arrived March 4, 1993, to find Edna Lorraine Coates' body, her son was blood-spattered, but otherwise unharmed. Darwin Milburn, 20, the child's father and Ms. Coates' boyfriend, was not in the apartment in the 4600 block of Debilen Circle. He was found dead a week later in the trunk of a car in Prince George's County.

County police arrested Derrick Alexander Brown, 25, of the 3100 block of Artaban Place in Northwest Baltimore at the detention center and charged him with robbing and killing Ms. Coates.

Mr. Brown, who was in the city center on unrelated charges, was taken to the county detention center in Towson where he was held without bail, said County police spokesman E. Jay Miller. Mr. Miller said Mr. Brown was indicted March 7 by a county grand jury. He did not know what evidence led to the indictment. Last March, investigators had said they suspected the two slayings were drug-related, but provided few details.

Detectives from Baltimore and Prince George's counties are investigating the two homicides "to determine if there is any connection" between them, said Mr. Miller.

Mr. Brown has not been charged in the Prince George's County case.

Police said Ms. Coates' apartment door was forced open and the apartment ransacked.

Police broadcast a missing persons report for Mr. Milburn. At the time, they said they wanted to question him in connection with his girlfriend's death. They also said they believed Mr. Milburn was in danger.

On March 11, 1993, Prince George's County police found Mr. Milburn's body in the trunk of a rented 1992 Ford Taurus on a parking lot in Greenbelt. He had been shot once in the head.

City police also had been looking for Mr. Milburn. Agent Doug Price, a city police spokesman, said officers had a warrant charging him in the Dec. 4 attempted murder of Antonio Jefferson.

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