The execution-style killings of a man and woman found dead in a ditch near Aberdeen were linked yesterday to a third homicide in Baltimore, while a suspect was ordered held without bail.
Police said bullet casings found Feb. 8 near the bodies of Marlene Rosemarie "Honey" Ellis, 22, and Dwight Rickardo "Blips" Nelson, 30, matched a casing in the shooting of a man found dead Saturday in the bottom of a hotel elevator shaft.
The deaths of Ms. Ellis of the 800 block of Anglesea St. in East Baltimore and of Mr. Nelson and 36-year-old Danton Bowen, both of New York, appeared drug-related, authorities said.
Arrested on Tuesday night at his home in the 800 block of Montpelier St. in East Baltimore was Gayland Randolph "Russian" Porter, 29, who was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the Harford County slayings.
Two other suspects were being sought, police said.
According to documents filed in Harford's District Court, an informant told Baltimore police he overhead Mr. Porter talking about the slayings to Haley "Michelle" Jackson, a suspect in the hotel slaying.
The informant quoted the suspect as saying that he killed Mr. Nelson, his partner in a drug-distribution ring, because of distrust, and killed Ms. Ellis because she was a witness, the documents said.
A highway salting crew found the victims lying in a drainage ditch along Old Robinhood Road last Thursday morning. Police said their hands had been tied behind their backs, and each had been shot in the back of the head.
A retired police officer told investigators he saw two cars leaving the area. One car is believed to have been a black Mazda Millenia, belonging to Ms. Ellis, which was found that afternoon in Baltimore.
City police said Mr. Bowen had been shot to death in an apartment in the Wentworth Arms Hotel in the 300 block of Cathedral St., and his body was dropped down the shaft.
Ms. Jackson, 21, of the Pimlico area has been charged in a warrant with first-degree murder in the hotel slaying and was being sought last night. The other person being sought was not named by the police.