Harford Co. seeking transfer of Abeokuto

Grand jury indicts him in Marciana Ringo's death

January 23, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Harford County State's Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly said yesterday that he hopes to have Jamal Kenneth Abeokuto moved to a jail in the county so a five-count indictment against the Baltimore man, handed up by a grand jury in Bel Air on Tuesday, can be served.

The grand jury indicted Abeokuto, 23, on charges of kidnapping, first-degree murder, first-degree assault, extortion and carrying a weapon with intent to injure in the abduction and slaying of Marciana Ringo, 8, whose body was found in a wooded area in Joppatowne last month.

Cassilly said he hopes to know within a week when Abeokuto, in federal custody in Baltimore, can be transferred to the Harford County Detention Center and arraigned. The state's prosecution of the case has been delayed by federal extortion charges brought against Abeokuto this month that will be tried first.

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