Two charged in unrelated killings at parties in the county last month

October 29, 2003|By Sara Neufeld | Sara Neufeld,SUN STAFF

Baltimore County police were holding two suspects without bail yesterday in unrelated killings that occurred at parties last month.

In the first case, Otis Edward Jones III, 21, of the 1100 block of Homestead St. in Waverly was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Broadus Funderburke.

Funderburke, 25, of Hartland Village in Essex was one of three people shot Sept. 14 at a party in the 900 block of Punjab Circle. Ricardo M. Cabera, 25, of Middle River, was also killed.

The third victim, a 23-year-old woman who survived, has not been identified because she is a witness.

Earlier this month, Jaron Tyee Grade, 25, of the 4200 block of Shamrock Ave. in East Baltimore was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of both Funderburke and Cabera.

Officer Shawn Vinson, a police spokesman, said Jones is charged only with Funderburke's killing.

In the second case, 16-year-old Travon Delvin Johnson of 100 block of S. Monastery Ave. in West Baltimore was charged yesterday as an adult with first-degree murder in the death of Evan Hardy, 17.

Hardy, a high school senior who lived in the 3300 block of Fairview Road in Woodmoor, had been stabbed several times when police found him Sept. 27 in the 1900 block of Featherbed Lane.

Witnesses told police that a group of young men jumped out of cars and attacked Hardy without provocation as a party of about 200 people broke up.

Devin Dante Smith, 16, of the 600 block of N. Montford Ave. in Baltimore also was charged this month in Hardy's death.

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