DNA evidence links at least one of the two men charged with murder in the stabbing death of Long Reach teen-ager Ashley Nicole Mason to the crime, a prosecutor said yesterday.
Senior Assistant State's Attorney Michael Rexroad revealed the link yesterday during a bail hearing for one of the men, Frederick James Moore, 21, in Howard County Circuit Court. Judge Dennis Sweeney denied Moore bond during the hearing.
DNA believed to be Moore's was found on evidence recovered 2 or 3 feet from Ashley's body, Rexroad said. Also, Ashley's blood was found on a knife believed to belong to Moore, he said. Ashley was 14.
The knife was given to police several days after the girl's body was discovered Nov. 3 in woods behind a Pizza Hut at Route 108 and Bendix Road.
A passer-by told police he had found the knife on Bendix Road that morning.
Moore, of the 6600 block of Eberle Drive in Baltimore, and Scott J. Brill, 18, of the 5700 block of Sweetwind Place in Columbia, have been charged with first-degree murder in Ashley's death.
Police arrested the two in December after receiving anonymous tips, according to court documents.
The tips led detectives to Brill, who initially told police he saw Moore killing the girl, but did not participate, according to the documents.
Later, police reported that Brill confessed to choking Ashley and to stabbing her in the abdomen after she was dragged into the woods, according to the documents.