Man admits conspiracy role in slaying of Baltimore teen He'll testify against uncle in exchange for plea

January 14, 1998|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

One of three men charged in the murder of a Baltimore teen-ager on the way to a cookout has been allowed to plead guilty to lesser charges in exchange for agreeing to testify against his uncle in the case in March.

vTC Jamie Lee Scott, 21, of the 700 block of Bestgate Road in Annapolis pleaded guilty Monday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court to conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and to a related handgun charge.

Prosecutors are expected to recommend a five-year prison term without parole when Circuit Judge Eugene M. Lerner sentences Scott. Six other charges, including first-degree murder, are expected to be dropped at the sentencing, scheduled for March 6.

4 The maximum Scott can get is life plus 20 years.

Scott and two relatives were charged in the Sept. 1, 1995, killing of Miquel Tavon "Fats" Cauthorne, 16, of the 3600 block of W. Bay Ave. in Baltimore.

The trial of Scott's uncle, Kenneth Blake, 32, of the 4100 block of Hague Ave. in Baltimore, is scheduled to start March 3.

Kenneth Blake is charged with first-degree murder and related counts.

Assistant State's Attorney Fred Paone said Scott has been moved to a jail in another county for his protection.

Lerner sentenced another of Scott's uncles, Thomas "Eddie" Blake, 39, of the 1100 block of E. Patapsco Ave. in Baltimore, to life plus 18 years in prison in November after he was convicted of first-degree murder.

According to testimony at Thomas Blake's trial, Scott, the Blake brothers and Cauthorne were on the way to a cookout a day after Cauthorne and the three reportedly argued.

Cauthorne never arrived. His body was found the next day in a ditch along Shot Town Road, near where the cookout had been held. He had been shot six times.

Jessica Martin, Scott's former girlfriend, was the star prosecution witness.

Martin said that on the way home from the cookout, the men joked about Cauthorne's crawling on the ground and pleading for his life.

Pub Date: 1/14/98

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