Man arrested on charges of killing witness

Suspect had been freed on bail in 2 drug cases

February 09, 2002|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

A 22-year-old man who is charged with killing a former witness against him while on probation and free on bail in two separate criminal cases was arrested yesterday by Baltimore police detectives in Northwest Baltimore.

Andre L. "Turtle" Chavis was arrested about 3 p.m. in the 4000 block of Belvieu Ave. by detectives in the Warrant Apprehension Task Force who received a tip about his whereabouts, said Lt. Jay Fisher of the unit.

Chavis is accused in the fatal shooting on Dec. 8 of Adrian Jenkins, 21, who had identified Chavis as a gunman in a 1999 shooting. Police have been searching for Chavis since they obtained a warrant for his arrest on first-degree murder charges in late December.

Chavis was free on $25,000 bail in one drug case and $50,000 in another drug case, and he was on probation for assault and drug convictions.

Chavis has a lengthy criminal history. When he was 15 and in the eighth grade, he was charged with first-degree murder in the beating death of a man in Northwest Baltimore. That case was moved to Juvenile Court, and police have given no details on its disposition.

In 1999, he was charged with attempted murder in the shooting of a 44-year-old man who had been urinating against the wall of a house in the 2300 block of Anoka Ave., where Chavis lived with his grandmother.

Jenkins picked Chavis out of a photo lineup as the shooter and gave a taped statement to detectives, according to police and court records.

Prosecutors dropped the case in May 2000.

Chavis was being questioned by homicide detectives last night, Fisher said.

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