Police continue to track victim's movements Woman, 23, was slain in York Road parking lot

March 05, 1996|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF

Baltimore County homicide investigators still are trying to determine why a 23-year-old Towson State University student was in a York Road shopping center parking lot where she was shot to death early Saturday.

Joann E. LeCornu, who lived with her boyfriend in the 600 block of Gittings Ave., just a few blocks from the Anneslie Shopping Center parking lot where she was shot, at 3: 41 a.m., had gone there sometime after leaving the Mount Washington Tavern.

An employee at the restaurant, in the 5700 block of Newberry St., said Ms. LeCornu arrived at the bar sometime Friday evening.

She drank and ate at the bar with a female friend before leaving at about 1: 50 a.m., said the employee, who spoke on the condition that he not be named. She picked up some beer at a nearby shop, dropped off a friend in Roland Park and called the bar about 2: 20 a.m. to see whether her other friends still were there, the employee said.

Ms. LeCornu's body was discovered early Saturday in her white four-door Honda Civic, after a delivery crew at a Giant supermarket in the 6300 block of York Road reported hearing gunshots at 3: 41 a.m. She was shot through the rear passenger window of her car, while it was in the parking lot across York Road. Ms. LeCornu managed to drive into the Giant parking lot, where her car stopped between the Boston Market Chicken restaurant and Firestone Tire Servicing Center, police said.

Witnesses told police they saw a man, dressed in a camouflage jacket and driving a white BMW, follow Ms. LeCornu into the Giant parking lot, stop and look inside her car before driving south on York Road into the city.

Although Ms. LeCornu's purse and cellular phone were taken, investigators are not sure that robbery was the motive for the killing, Capt. Brian Uppercue said, adding that he could not comment on other possible motives.

"We can't rule out robbery," the police spokesman said. "Taking the purse and the phone could have been an afterthought."

Although the shopping center where she was shot has two automated teller machines, Ms. LeCornu's boyfriend, Steve Dubin, said she did not have a bank card and would not have stopped there in that parking lot for any reason.

Pub Date: 3/05/96

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