2 more teens are charged in homicide

Brother of 1 suspect was arrested Saturday in shotgun killing

`We don't have a motive'

Baltimore County residents being held at detention center

Columbia Columbia

September 27, 2000|By Kevin Van Valkenburg | Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

Howard County police charged two more teen-agers with first-degree murder yesterday in a shooting Sept. 6 at the Waverly Winds Apartments in Columbia.

Brandon Cowan, 16, of the 5300 block of Old Court Road in Randallstown and Derris Travale Moore, 19, of the 1200 block of Valley Brook Road in Catonsville were charged in the death of Walter Scott Cook of Owings Mills, who died Sept. 9 at Maryland Shock Trauma Center of a gunshot wound to the head.

Cowan, who was charged as an adult, is the brother of Christopher Lee Cowan, 18, also of the Old Court address in Randallstown, who was charged Saturday with first-degree murder in the shooting, and has been named as the shooter by police. Details of the suspected involvement of Brandon Cowan and Moore were not available.

The Cowan brothers and Moore also are charged with two counts of attempted murder and reckless endangerment.

According to court documents, on the night of Sept. 6, a man with a shotgun fired several times at Cook and two other men - Michael Cunningham, no address available, and Damany Hughes of Baltimore - while they sat outside their vehicle on the parking lot of the Waverly Winds complex on Cedar Lane in Harper's Choice.

Shots struck Cook in the head, knocking him to the ground, court documents said. Hughes was slightly wounded, but was able to run to safety. He was treated for a graze wound to the head and released from Howard County General Hospital.

The court papers said the shots missed Cunningham, and he was chased by three males across Cedar Lane before losing them.

Police say Brandon Cowan is being charged as an adult because of the severity of the crime. "In this state, for someone his age, if they're charged with these crimes they're charged as an adult," said police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn.

Residents at the scene said at the time of the shooting that there were several residents and children on the parking lot at the apartment complex.

Police said the three had been arrested on burglary charges shortly after the shooting, and an investigation led to their arrests in the killing.

"We still don't know why the three were in Columbia or what they were doing," Llewellyn said. "The detective investigating obtained information, which led to the additional murder charges. The investigation is ongoing, but we don't have a motive yet."

Christopher Cowan is being held without bail at the county detention center.

Moore appeared before a court commissioner yesterday and was denied bail, according to police. Brandon Cowan is scheduled to appear at a bail hearing today.

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