Howard police study possible link in two cases

Suspect in shootings may be tied to homicides, officers say

July 08, 2000|By Julie Bykowicz | Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF

Howard County police are investigating a possible link between a man they arrested Wednesday and the fatal shootings of two men in Oakland Mills on Nov. 29.

Jason Gregory Owens, 19, is charged with shooting at Jonathan Barney, 19, and Willie Mayfield, 20, two days before the killings of Barney and Mayfield's 18-year-old brother, Davon.

Sgt. John Superson, spokesman for Howard County police, said officers are "looking to see if there is any connection between the two cases."

Held in shootings

Owens is charged with one count of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and use of a handgun in the commission of a felony.

He is being held without bond at Howard County Detention Center.

The arrest came during the investigation into the killings Nov. 29 of Barney and of Davon Mayfield in the 5700 block of Stevens Forest Road.

Owens has not been charged in that case.

Superson noted that the two incidents "occurred at roughly the same location."

One of the victims from the first shooting was killed in the second shooting, and the other homicide victim was the brother of another person from the first shooting.

Superson said the police are looking at other suspects and emphasized that police are still investigating.

The killings shocked many in the usually quiet neighborhood, where some residents said they heard about half a dozen shots fired just after 4 p.m. that day.

Police said Davon Mayfield staggered out of the woods near Oakland Mills Village Center and collapsed.

Officers found Barney near a paved pathway in the woods.

Crack cocaine was found near the crime scene and in one of Barney's pockets, police said.

Reward increased

Barney was charged in February 1999 with drug possession with intent to distribute, first-degree assault and possessing a handgun.

He was charged the month before the slaying with second-degree assault.

Howard County police have increased their reward in the homicide case from $5,000 to $8,000 for information leading to an arrest.

Metro Crime Stoppers offers an additional reward of $2,000 for information leading to an arrest.

Anyone with information is asked to call the tip line at 410-276-8888.

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