Man charged in killing of 35-year-old found in field

July 25, 1999|By Amy Oakes | Amy Oakes,SUN STAFF

A 29-year-old Washington man was charged yesterday with first-degree murder and handgun felony crime in connection with the killing of Curtis Ray Rawlings, who was found dead in an Anne Arundel County cornfield, police said.

Darron Terrell Williams, of the first block of Riggs Road in northeast Washington, was taken into custody yesterday morning at his home by officers from Anne Arundel County and Metropolitan police departments, police said.

An extradition hearing to bring Williams to Anne Arundel County -- where he has been charged -- will be held early this week, said Officer Thomas J. O'Connor, a police spokesperson.

Rawlings, 35, of the 1900 block of Naylor Road in Washington, was found July 9 shot to death and surrounded by 9 mm shell casings, in the 5700 block of Plummer Lane in Lothian, police said. Rawlings had been reported missing two days earlier.

Investigators learned that Rawlings' credit card was used July 8, police said. When the user was found, he told police that another man gave him the credit card to get gasoline.

Officers served a search-and-seizure warrant at Williams' residence and found a 9 mm handgun tucked under a mattress in the bedroom where the suspect was taken into custody, police said. The other man who had used the credit card was also in the house.

"The investigation is ongoing," O'Connor said.

Pub Date: 7/25/99

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