Man charged in slaying victim's name sought

Arrest also is made in Catonsville homicide

April 18, 1996|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,SUN STAFF

Police had a suspect behind bars on a murder charge yesterday, but lacked the name of the victim -- a young woman apparently killed in September whose body was unearthed Tuesday from a shallow grave in southwestern Baltimore County.

County police also announced an arrest in an unrelated fatal shooting this week of a night school student on the parking lot of a high school in Catonsville, and were investigating a slaying in Turners Station.

The young woman's body found Tuesday in the woods off River Road in Oella had been sought since January, when police received a tip from an informant of a man bragging about killing a girl in a vacant Catonsville house. The cause of death remained unknown after an autopsy.

"The next step is to find out who she is, and what it was all about and how she came to be at the house," said Sgt. Kevin B. Novak, a police spokesman.

According to police, the victim appeared to be a teen-ager of Asian descent, 5 feet 3 inches or 5 feet 4 inches tall, with short black hair. The shirtless body was clad in blue jeans, white socks and white Nike athletic shoes, and had a ring and a yellow herringbone patternnecklace.

The suspect, identified as David Michael Fischer, 20, of the 6000 block of Chesworth Road in Catonsville was charged yesterday with first-degree murder and denied bail. Police said he was awaiting trial on a charge of trying to burn down a vacant house in the 1100 block of N. Rolling Road in February.

An informant told a county detective that Mr. Fischer had told of taking the girl to the house and killing her, according to charging documents filed in District Court. The documents also identify a man who admitted to police that he helped dispose of the body, but who was not charged.

Mr. Fischer had been free on $10,000 appeal bond since Friday, after being sentenced to a year in jail for violating probation stemming from a conviction for possession of burglary tools, court records show.

Charged yesterday in an unrelated slaying was Otis James, 23, of the 1200 block of W. Lanvale St. in Baltimore. The victim, Kevin M. Fulton, 29, of the 700 block of N. Kenwood Ave. in East Baltimorewas shot several times in the head and neck after he left a Monday night class at the Western School of Technology and Environmental Science in Catonsville.

Police said they knew of no suspect in the shooting death Tuesday night of John Johnson, 44, of the 200 block of Main Street in Turners Station near Dundalk. Mr. Johnson was slain in the 100 block of Oak St.

Pub Date: 4/18/96

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