Youth is found fatally shot after being called as witness

Name was read in court in Balto. Co. murder case

April 26, 2003|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

A 17-year-old found fatally shot Wednesday near a landfill behind a nightclub in Curtis Bay was a witness in a Baltimore County homicide case and his name was read in open court last week, police said.

Detectives are investigating the possible connection between the youth's testimony and his death but said it was too early to draw any conclusions.

Rickey Wallace Prince, 17, of the Liberty Place apartments in Randallstown was found dead about 4 p.m. Wednesday in the 5500 block of Pennington Ave.

His name had been read in Baltimore County Circuit Court by prosecutors on April 15 when Jerrard M. Bazemore, 18, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the killing of an 18-year-old man in September.

Assistant State's Attorney Mickey J. Norman said that Prince would have testified at trial that he gave Bazemore a handgun and saw him open fire. Charles H. Sharp III was killed in the gunfire.

"Rickey Prince would testify that he saw the defendant shoot at the victim's group and that after the shooting the defendant returned the gun to him," Norman said.

Anyone with information about the killing is urged to call Baltimore Homicide Detective Ray Laslett at 410-396-2100.

In an unrelated killing, police said that William H. McCrorey, 27, died early yesterday after being shot Thursday night in the 1600 block of Cliftview Ave. in Northeast Baltimore.

McCrorey, who lived in that block, was found about 11:36 p.m. He died about 45 minutes later at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Through yesterday evening, the city had recorded 86 homicides this year. It had tallied 79 through the same period last year.

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