Jury to resume talks in shooting tied to gang rivalry

April 12, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Baltimore Circuit Court jury failed to reach a verdict yesterday in the trial of three alleged "North Avenue" gang members on charges including attempted murder and kidnapping, and was to resume work today.

In their second day, jurors deliberated several hours yesterday on evidence in the case of Shawn Henry, 25, Michael Lyle, 22, and Tyrone Creighton, 28. They are charged with kidnapping Larhonda Lomax in January of last year; driving her to a house on Normal Avenue in Northeast Baltimore, where she was interrogated about her husband's whereabouts; and taking her to Pinewood Avenue, where she was shot in the neck.

The prosecution says she was shot in retaliation for the killing of Keith "Bones" Hamlet, a North Avenue member, in November 2000. Lomax's husband, Charles Byers, was a member of a rival gang, authorities say.

Defense lawyers said Lomax originally told police she didn't know who kidnapped her and maintain she was never taken to a house on Normal Avenue.

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