Officer accused of mishandling case evidence

Key items from probe near scene of killing allegedly thrown away

Patrolman put on desk duty

July 13, 1999|By La Quinta Dixon and Devon Spurgeon | La Quinta Dixon and Devon Spurgeon,SUN STAFF

An Anne Arundel County police officer has been pulled off active duty after allegedly mishandling evidence collected in the shooting death of an Annapolis man two weeks ago, police said.

Officer Pat Donnelly, a patrolman in the Southern District, has been placed on administrative duty pending an investigation into his collection of evidence in the killing of Keyo Williams, police sources said. Donnelly is accused of throwing away key evidence while he was investigating a complaint of destruction of property that came in the day after the killing from a business across the street from the Club Hollywood in Parole.

Detectives said Williams was shot in the club's parking lot. Delmar S. Turner of Columbia was charged July 1 with first-degree murder and is being held without bail at the county detention center. His friend, Vernon Dwight Gay of Pasadena, was charged as an accessory and with giving a false statement to police about his identity.

At least five rounds were fired into the crowded parking lot about 2 a.m. June 30, police said. Williams had gone to the nightclub to celebrate his 25th birthday. Friends and family members said he didn't know Turner.

Club owners declined to comment on the shooting, except to call it a tragedy.

The club has had repeated run-ins with the police. In January and February last year, police made a series of mass arrests outside the club to combat underage and public drinking. The club was known then as Buddy's Late Night Annapolis.

In May last year, it was renamed Club Hollywood. Police were called to the club 101 times in the past year.

Pub Date: 7/13/99

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