Severn youthis charged with murder Prince George's man slain in 5th homicide in county this year

Victim shot once on street

Early-morning attack occurred near suspect's home

June 07, 1996|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

Police arrested a Severn youth yesterday and charged him in the early-morning shooting death of a Prince George's County man -- the fifth homicide in Anne Arundel this year.

Dexter Tyrone Brown, 17, of the 1800 block of Arwell Court was charged as an adult with first-degree murder. He is being held in the county detention center without bond.

Police said they do not know of a motive for the slaying of Delarno Rodderro Antonio Darden, 22, of the 6500 block of Seat Pleasant Drive in Seat Pleasant.

Darden was dead when officers arrived at a corner in the 1900 block of Arwell Court shortly before 1: 45 a.m. yesterday. He had been shot once in the back of the head, police said.

Several witnesses interviewed by police identified a neighborhood youth as the gunman, court documents show.

Police went to the youth's home -- just yards from the scene of the shooting -- about 7: 30 a.m. The youth's mother, Carolyn Morton, allowed police to search the house. Officers found a .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun, which police said they believe is the murder weapon, and arrested the youth, court documents said.

News of the homicide did not come as much of a shock to some residents, who said gunfire is so common, they did not pay much attention to the single blast.

"I'm not really surprised because that's the type of place this is," said Natasha Wills, who lives a few doors from the corner where the slaying took place.

"This kind of stuff is sad, but it doesn't shake me up a whole lot," she said. "It's bad when you get used to things like this."

Another neighbor, who asked not to be named, said residents are so hardened to crime and violence that several people walked or drove past Darden's body before police were notified.

"I looked out there and there were two boys walking in the middle of the street," the woman said. "Another neighbor drove past."

The woman said some residents are afraid to call police because they fear being identified by officers to landlords who may think they're causing trouble. She said she called her daughter, who lives in another community, and had her phone police.

Residents interviewed yesterday did not know much about Darden, whose parents live in nearby Meade Village, but they described him as a "quiet" man.

Pub Date: 6/07/96

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