Glen Burnie girl, 14, is shot to death while visiting friends man, 18, charged

January 18, 1996|By TaNoah V. Sterling | TaNoah V. Sterling,SUN STAFF

Stacy Lynn Granruth never had the chance to be afraid in the instant before a friend is alleged to have put a .45-caliber pistol to her head and fired.

"He brought it out to put the fear of God in her eyes and he pulled the trigger," said John Zajcevski, her half-brother. "I don't think she had a chance."

Police said Raphael Devon Runion, 18, of the 400 block of Hiddenbrook Drive in Glen Burnie was charged yesterday with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Miss Granruth, 14. Police said he told them he didn't know there was a live round in the gun's chamber when he placed it against her left temple and pulled the trigger. He is being held without bond in the Anne Arundel County jail.

Robert Granruth, Miss Granruth's father, said she spent Tuesday afternoon with friends at Star Billiards on Hospital Drive in Glen Burnie.

Miss Granruth, another girl and a boy went to an apartment about 6:30 p.m. because the boy wanted to look at a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun, said Mr. Granruth, who spoke to the teen-agers' parents.

Mr. Granruth said he was told that a man unloaded the weapon and showed it to the boy, who said his father wanted to buy a gun but wouldn't be interested in that one because it had no serial numbers.

Mr. Granruth said he was told the man pushed a clip of ammunition in the gun, cocked it and told the boy he was going to give the girls a scare.

As the man walked over to Miss Granruth, Mr. Granruth said, he took out the clip, but one bullet remained in the chamber. Police said the man fired, killing her instantly.

Her friends called police, but when officers arrived, they found only blood in the bedroom.

Officers broadcast a description of the man's car, a 1979 Ford. Police soon stopped the vehicle on Crain Highway near Hospital Drive in Glen Burnie.

Police said Mr. Runion told them he threw the gun into a trash bin near his apartment building and dumped Miss Granruth body in the woods near railroad tracks in Harmans.

Police recovered the body.

Mr. Granruth said his daughter "liked everybody and she trusted everybody almost to a fault. She didn't have to know who was good and who was bad because everything in her life was good."

At Glen Burnie High School yesterday, where Miss Granruth -- nicknamed Smiley -- was a freshman, a psychologist and guidance counselors consoled students.

"There were several kids that were upset to the point where counselors thought they couldn't function in school today," said Oliver Wittig, principal. Several others stayed at home, according to Miss Granruth's parents.

"This whole house revolved around that child," Mr. Zajcevski said of his parent's home in the 7800 block of Cindy Drive in Glen Burnie. "They might as well shut this place down and say it's closed for business."

In Miss Granruth' room, her favorite clothes -- a black leather jacket, a black T-shirt with the name of the band "Hole" on the front, and a pair of Jnco baggy jeans -- lay on the bed, ready to be taken to the funeral home.

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