Suspect charged in killing of D.C. man

Victim's body discovered in South County cornfield

July 27, 1999|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

Anne Arundel County police have charged a Washington man in the slaying of Curtis Ray Rawlings, whose body was found in a southern Anne Arundel County cornfield this month.

Rawlings, 35, of the 1900 block of Naylor Road S.E. in Washington, had been shot to death, police said. His body was dumped in a field along Plummer Lane in Lothian.

Darron Terrell Williams, 29, of the first block of Riggs Road N.E., was charged with first-degree murder and illegal use of a handgun in connection with the slaying.

According to Anne Arundel police, Rawlings and his 1998 Ford Expedition had been reported missing to Washington police July 7.

Two days later, a passer-by in the 5700 block of Plummer Lane discovered an 80-foot path of downed cornstalks that led to Rawlings' body. Casings from a 9 mm gun were discovered near the body, police said, and one of Rawlings' pockets, where his identification and a credit card were kept, had been turned out, and the cards were missing.

Witnesses told police they saw a blue truck in the area in the early morning hours of July 9. Investigators later learned that Rawlings' credit card had been used shortly after noon on July 8, the day before his body was found.

Police raided Williams' home Saturday, arresting him and seizing a 9 mm handgun from under a mattress. Police said they were testing the weapon to see if it was used in the shooting.

Pub Date: 7/27/99

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