Trio charged in New York with 3 Maryland slayings Harford, Baltimore deaths called drug executions

March 02, 1996|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

A team of federal marshals, Harford County sheriff deputies, state troopers and city police officers swarmed over two New York boroughs this week, arresting three suspects wanted in connection with two cases here: a killing in Baltimore and a double slaying in Aberdeen.

The killings were drug-related executions, authorities said. Arrested were Victor Blythe, 20; Ikko Campbell, 18; and Halley "Michelle" Jackson, 20. The suspects had various addresses in New York and Baltimore, said Deputy U.S. Marshal Matthew Burke, a spokesman for the office.

Mr. Campbell and Ms. Jackson were arrested in a Brooklyn street after the team used a ruse -- which Mr. Burke wouldn't disclose -- to lure them into the open.

"We did a little runaround on the street, with shotguns and everything," he said.

Mr. Blythe was arrested in the parking lot of the Baychester Diner in the Bronx after the same trick was used, he said.

All three suspects are being held without bail in New York, Mr. Burke said. He did not know yet whether they would waive extradition hearings. If they did, they could be in Baltimore next week.

All three are charged with at least one count of first-degree murder in the three killings. No other suspects are being sought on murder charges, he said, but others probably will be charged as accessories in the homicides or on drug charges.

Authorities said at the time of the killings that they appeared to be drug-related executions of participants and witnesses.

"It's a Jamaican drug organization," Mr. Burke said. "It's all drug-related executions."

The first killings were discovered by a highway salting crew Feb. 8. The bodies of Marlene Rosemarie "Honey" Ellis, 22, and Dwight Rickardo "Blips" Nelson, 30, lay in a drainage ditch along Old Robinhood Road in Aberdeen with hands tied behind their backs, the police said. Each had been shot in the back of the head.

The police said bullet casings found there matched a casing from the Feb. 10 shooting of Danton Bowen, 36, who was found dead in the bottom of a hotel elevator shaft at the Wentworth Arms Hotel in the 300 block of Cathedral St. in Baltimore.

Mr. Nelson and Mr. Bowen were both of New York, and Ms. Ellis lived at the 800 block of Anglesea St. in East Baltimore.

Police arrested one suspect here last month. Gayland Randolph "Russian" Porter, 29, of the 800 block of Montpelier St. in East Baltimore was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the Harford County slayings.

According to documents filed in Harford District Court, an informant told Baltimore police that he overhead Mr. Porter talking with Ms. Jackson about a hotel slaying.

The informant quoted the suspect as saying 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.

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