Man charged in stabbing death of Baltimore teen

December 04, 1998|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

Baltimore police charged a man yesterday in the stabbing death two weeks ago of a 16-year-old East Baltimore girl who was dragged into a weedy, vacant lot as she walked with her best friend to a drug store.

Malcolm Jabbar Bryant, 23, who has no known address, was charged with first-degree murder. Police said he was being held on an unrelated theft charge in the city detention center when he was served with the warrant.

He is charged with the Nov. 20 stabbing of Toni Bullock, who lived near Johnston Square. The 11th-grader was an aspiring accountant who attended Carver Vocational-Technical High School on the city's west side.

Police said they believed robbery was the motive. Detectives said a man demanded money when he grabbed the teen-ager about 8: 30 p.m. in the 1300 block of Harford Road. After being stabbed, Bullock stumbled to the street, where she collapsed a block from a Rite Aid store.

"I'm very pleased," said Toni's sister, Marie Bullock, 23, when told of the arrest. "It eases the pain."

Homicide detectives released no details of their case yesterday. Byrant has been arrested numerous times on drug, gun and robbery charges, and was convicted twice -- in 1993 and 1996 -- for drug possession, court records show.

He never served more than a few months in jail. He was sentenced to 60 days in 1993 and got a five-year sentence on a felony drug charge in 1996 -- but a Circuit judge suspended all but four months.

A court commissioner ordered Bryant held without bail. He is scheduled to have a bail review today in front of a city District Court judge.

Pub Date: 12/04/98

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