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March 27, 1994

FREDERICK — Washington youth held without bail

FREDERICK -- A Washington, D.C., teen-ager accused of shooting a man to death in October has been ordered held without bail at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center.

In denying bond Tuesday, Frederick County District Judge Frederick J. Bower cited the seriousness of the charges against Antonio Payton, 17, who has been charged as an adult.

He is charged with first-degree murder, assault with intent to murder, using a handgun to commit a crime, carrying a handgun, discharging a weapon with the intent to maim, reckless endangerment and battery, according to court documents.

conviction on a first-degree murder charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Payton is accused of shooting Ricardo Cruz, 19, once in the chest on Oct. 2 in the courtyard of a public housing project in Frederick, according to court records.

Mr. Payton was arrested in late January in Washington.

Man charged in killing on Stone Mountain

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FREDERICK -- A Philadelphia man has been charged with killing his girlfriend earlier this month in the westbound rest area of Interstate 70 atop South Mountain, Maryland State Police said.

Stephen A. Manser, 39, is being held in Salem County, N.J., on $500,000 bail. He is charged with first-degree murder, assault with intent to murder and assault and battery. Extradition proceedings are to begin later this week.

Mr. Manser allegedly killed his girlfriend, Maryalyce Mignon, 33, of Philadelphia, on March 6 or 7, said state police Sgt. Robert Fagan. Her body was found March 13 in a rural section of Salem County, N.J.

An autopsy showed Ms. Mignon died of blunt trauma to the head. She also had been strangled, reports indicated.

Mr. Manser, who was arrested March 18, by New Jersey detectives, allegedly confessed to striking Ms. Mignon in the head several times with a flashlight, according to court documents.

New Jersey officials learned Monday that the murder occurred at the I-70 rest area, and contacted state police in Frederick.

Mr. Manser, who was employed at Concord Computer Corp., in West Chester, Pa., was responsible for servicing machines at supermarkets in Frederick and Washington counties.

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