Twins, 15, indicted in death of woman

Boys accused of shooting her at bus stop after she rebuffed their advances

December 16, 2003|By Allison Klein | Allison Klein,SUN STAFF

Identical 15-year-old twin brothers were indicted yesterday in the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old woman who rebuffed the boys' sexual advances at a North Baltimore bus stop the night before Thanksgiving, court records show.

Police say Brian Antonio and Paul Anthony Wilson shot Quwanda Thornton once in the chest at a bus stop in the 5600 block of York Road near Benninghaus Road. The shooting occurred about 5:40 p.m. Nov. 26 after the Wilsons made advances toward Thornton, court documents said.

"The victim and the defendants were engaged in a brief conversation during which time both defendants began to touch the victim, prompting the victim to pull away," according to charging documents.

Moments later, one of the twins grabbed a handgun from the waist of his pants and shot Thornton, who lived in the 800 block of St. Dunstans Road, according to the document. The twins then ran away.

Thornton died 30 minutes later at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Brian and Paul Wilson were arrested four days after the shooting and have been held since without bail.

"The investigation revealed that the actions of both defendants led to the untimely death of the victim," the court papers said.

The Wilson twins, of the 5600 block of Govane Ave. in Govans, are charged as adults with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, assault, reckless endangerment and various handgun violations. If convicted on the murder charge, they could be sentenced to life in prison.

Court records show the twins have been arrested together at least four times in the past three years. At the time of the incident, they were on probation in the juvenile justice system stemming from drug possession charges.

Their mother, Lynnette Wilson, is an administrator in the Victim Witness Assistance Unit of the Baltimore state's attorney's office.

Her duties at the office include guiding victims' families through court proceedings.

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