Suspect in killing of Lexus owner held without bail on murder charge

January 23, 2002|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

A 19-year-old man accused of shooting to death a father of two as he tried to stop his car from being stolen in West Baltimore last week was ordered held without bail yesterday by a District Court judge, officials said.

Warren L. Porter of the 4700 block of Melbourne Road is being held at the Baltimore City Detention Center on first-degree murder charges in the death of Tifford Fields, 36, of Woodlawn, officials said. Judge Teaetee S. Price denied his release, pending trial, at a bail review hearing.

Police released new details yesterday about the death of Fields, saying that one of the men trying to take the car, a 1992 Lexus, had previously owned it and had a key.

That man, whom police would not identify, spotted the car in the 2100 block of Vine St. on Jan. 15, said Detective John Riddick of the homicide unit. The man wanted the car back, so he opened it with his key and tried to drive away, but was stopped by Fields, Riddick said.

"This was a one-in-a-million chance that he would see the Lexus," Riddick said.

Family members have said Fields purchased the Lexus several weeks before the shooting.

Before the shooting at 7:47 p.m., Fields and his wife, Tracy, were eating dinner at Roots Unlimited Kitchen on Vine Street, waiting to pick up their 11-year-old son from basketball practice.

Fields went outside and found two men in the car, including Porter, police said. As Fields confronted the two men, he was shot with a .380-caliber handgun, police said.

Police said in charging documents that "several witnesses" have identified Porter as the gunman.

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