Police arrest two, seek third person in 1988 New Year's Day slaying

October 29, 1997|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

Police have arrested two people and are seeking a third in the nearly 10-year-old New Year's Day slaying of a man whose body was found in the trunk of a car that had been abandoned and set on fire in Baltimore's Leakin Park.

Investigators said the three people -- two of whom have surrendered -- have been suspects since 1988. One of them, police said, had been summoned to a grand jury investigating the killing that year, but never showed up.

A police spokeswoman, Officer Angelique Cook-Hayes, said new information gave detectives enough evidence to charge the suspects, but she would not elaborate.

Police said Jason A. Ely, 21, of the 4000 block of Dorchester Road in Baltimore County was bludgeoned and his body stuffed into the trunk of a 1982 Toyota Cressida. The car was left in the 4500 block of Wetheredsville Road with the keys in the ignition and a burning cloth inserted in the gas tank.

Cook-Hayes said the slaying is believed to be drug-related.

She said that on Monday, Willie Petty Jr., 35, of the 7600 block of Stephen Decatur Highway in Berlin, Worcester County, surrendered to police after learning that a warrant had been issued.

Police said Jimmie McKoy, 33, of the 2100 block of Walbrook Ave. surrendered to police Oct. 14. Petty's sister, JoAnn Petty, 38, of the 6800 block of Alter St. in Baltimore County is being sought.

Police said all three have been charged with first-degree murder.

Pub Date: 10/29/97

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