Pikesville man, 26, convicted in death of pregnant girlfriend

November 21, 1996|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

A Pikesville man was convicted in city Circuit Court yesterday of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of his 19-year-old girlfriend, who was pregnant and planned to keep the baby.

Keith Alexander Brown, 26, an Air Force veteran with no prior criminal record, is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 10, the city state's attorney's office said. Prosecutors are seeking a sentence of life without the possibility of parole.

Brown shot Makeya Chante Stewart, a Mercy High School graduate and church youth leader who was five weeks pregnant, eight times in a West Baltimore alley Sept. 9, 1995. The slaying occurred about 10 blocks from her West Baltimore home.

Police said the slaying occurred shortly after Stewart told her mother and Brown "that [Brown] was the father and that she intended to keep the child," homicide Detective Frank Barlow said after the arrest.

Stewart was shot five times in the back and once in each hand. Police said the shooter returned five minutes later and fired one more shot into the side of the victim's head.

Police said they found the .380-caliber handgun used in the slaying in the trunk of Brown's car, along with a newspaper clipping about the shooting.

Pub Date: 11/21/96

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