Fifth suspect is sought in slaying of man in Maryland City apartment

February 29, 2000|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF

Police announced yesterday that they are seeking a fifth suspect -- a man they say might have fired the fatal shot -- in the slaying of a 27-year-old man in a Maryland City apartment last month.

An arrest warrant was issued Sunday for 18-year-old David Boccabella, whose last known address was on Club House Road in Gaithersburg, police said.

Four people were charged earlier in the killing, and three have been arrested.

The victim, Ahmad Jumal Tutwiler of northern Virginia, was shot to death Jan. 31 in the apartment of a friend on Red Clay Road, where he had been staying for about two months.

Also being sought is Kenneth Frizell Diggs Jr., 31, whose last address was on East Buehler Road in Olney.

Police said the men being sought were alleged to have had guns the night of the killing. "They are believed to be together," said Officer Charles R. Ravenell, a county police spokesman.

Diggs and Boccabella are known to frequent the Gaithersburg area and northwest Washington, said homicide Detective Tom Torrence. "They are considered armed and dangerous," he added.

This month, Florida authorities arrested two suspects -- Kenneth Frizell Diggs Sr., 50, of northwest Washington and Terry Mae Palmer, 36, of Laurel at an Ocala, Fla., motel.

Anne Arundel County police arrested the other suspect, Deanna Michelle Gregory, 28, also of Laurel, on Feb. 9 at a undisclosed location.

Police said none of the three people in custody is believed to have fired the shot that hit Tutwiler in the face and killed him. However, all are alleged to have been in the apartment at the time, and are charged with first-degree murder, police said.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Diggs and Boccabella is asked to call police at 410-222-3456, or Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888.

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