Police arrest 3rd suspect in lawyer's slaying

September 28, 1994|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Sun Staff Writer

The alleged gunman and the last of three suspects in the May 28 fatal shooting of a city attorney near his Oakenshawe home was arrested yesterday and is being held without bail pending a bail hearing today in District Court.

Acting on information, members of the city police fugitive squad and the FBI's fugitive task force entered a house in the 4100 block of Mountwood Road about 7 a.m. yesterday and arrested Gregory Sterrette, 28, of the 3400 block of Bateman Ave.

Police said Mr. Sterrette was arrested on a warrant charging him with first-degree murder and using a handgun in the death of Marvin Brent Cooper, 46, whose law office was in the 1500 block of Light St.

Arrested on Sept. 8 at his home in the 1400 block of McHenry St. was Mr. Sterrette's cousin, Keith Bernard Sterrette, 31, who also has been charged with first-degree murder and the gun charge.

Arrested on Sept. 6 and also charged with first-degree murder and the handgun offense was Derek Leone Slaughter, 30, of the 1500 block of E. Preston St.

Police said Keith Sterrette and Slaughter were on parole at the time of their arrests.

Police said Keith Sterrette had served 12 years for a 1983 armed robbery and that Slaughter had been convicted of second-degree murder.

At the time of his arrest, Slaughter was freed on bail and awaiting trial for possession of narcotics with intent to distribute.

Police said Keith Sterrette and Slaughter remain in the city's Detention Center without bail and that Gregory Sterrette was being held at the Southwestern District lockup.

Police refused to identify the source of information that led to the suspects' arrest.

Police said Mr. Cooper parked his car in the 200 block of Chancery Road in Guilford and was walking toward his Oakenshawe home around 1:30 a.m. on May 28 after attending a chess club meeting when he was accosted by three men, one with a handgun, who robbed him of his wallet and an electronic organizer. During the robbery, Mr. Cooper was shot in the stomach.

After the men fled, Mr. Cooper staggered to a nearby house, whose residents called the police.

Mr. Cooper was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he died a short time later.

On June 29, a month after Mr. Cooper was shot, a deliveryman was in the 4100 block of N. Charles St. when he found a 0andgun that police believe was used in the slaying.

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