Man charged in city killings also a suspect in arson death

May 15, 2001|By Laurie Willis | Laurie Willis,SUN STAFF

The second man arrested in a February triple homicide in East Baltimore is also charged in January's arson and shooting that killed a young man and critically burned his grandmother in Anne Arundel County, authorities said yesterday.

Wayne Mitchell, 23, of the 1400 block of Meridene Drive in North Baltimore was arrested Friday while being detained in the city for the Anne Arundel incident. He was charged with three counts of first-degree murder, said city police.

Baltimore Detective Kerry Councill, who arrested Mitchell, said witnesses led police to him in the fatal shootings of Tony Blizzard Jr., 18, Jamal Fisher, 18, and Donte Weddington, 25, and the wounding of Timothy James, 18.

The Feb. 24 shootings at the Waverly Apartments followed the fatal shootings of Dontai Edwards, 21, and Brandon Wilkins, 25, the previous weekend. Police have made no arrests in those killings.

Mitchell was being held without bail at Central Booking and Intake Center.

Already charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the triple slaying was Otis Edwards III, 25. He also is being held without bail, Councill said.

Police say Otis Edwards is the brother of Dontai Edwards and believe the motive was retaliation.

Mitchell had been arrested March 3 in Baltimore, the second man charged with first-degree murder and first-degree arson in the attack Jan. 18 in the 400 block of Jumpers Court near Millersville. That attack began with a fire near a sliding glass door. Andre D. Samuel, 26, and his mother, Janie Samuel, 46, were shot as they ran out the front door, police said. His grandmother, Rhunette J. Fisk, 64, suffered second- and third-degree burns. Before Andre Samuel died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, he identified Mitchell and Kevin H. Bass, 23, as the assailants, police said.

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