City man indicted in killing of witness, 16, in murder case

March 05, 2004|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

A 28-year-old man has been indicted in the killing in July of a 16-year-old witness in a murder case that police have said was linked to several other fatal shootings last year, authorities announced yesterday.

Cedric Stancil of the 3400 block of Wabash Ave. was indicted Monday on first-degree murder charges in the shooting death of Edwin Boyd, 16, of East Baltimore. Stancil is being held without bail at the city jail.

Police said in charging documents that witnesses identified Stancil as the man who shot Boyd several times in the 2300 block of Oliver St. on July 9. Stancil was arrested Feb. 5.

Boyd was shot and wounded in an East Baltimore shooting May 28 that left another man dead and two other people wounded.

Police have said Boyd was cooperating as a witness to that shooting - one of several traced back to an argument in January after a party sparked by someone stepping on another person's foot.

Investigators believe three people were slain in the retaliatory gunfire that began that January night and ended in May. Police detectives could not be reached yesterday to discuss the motive in Boyd's death. They said last year that Boyd was probably killed because he had spoken to police.

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