City man held without bail in fatal shooting of Highlandtown girl

August 24, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A 25-year-old East Baltimore man was ordered held without bail yesterday in last week's fatal shooting of a Highlandtown teenager in a dispute over a cell phone, authorities said.

Theral Harris of the 1200 block of Spring St. is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Lauren Zinsavage. The 15-year-old girl was shot in the chest early Wednesday morning on Gough Street and died less than an hour later.

Harris, who was being sought in a warrant issued the day after the shooting, surrendered to police early Sunday morning, said Officer Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman.

According to a court document, Harris, who was with Zinsavage and several of her friends, borrowed the girl's cell phone but would not give it back.

Harris began walking away and Zinsavage followed, repeatedly asking him to return the phone, the document said.

After the two turned onto the 3100 block of Gough St., witnesses said they heard one loud gunshot and then saw Zinsavage lying on the ground and Harris with a gun in his hand, the document said.

Harris fled the scene but was identified by witnesses from photographs, the document said.

Harris also goes by the name of Omar Underwood, authorities said.

He pleaded guilty Nov. 14, 2001, to robbery with a deadly weapon and was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison. He was released in June and was placed on mandatory supervision until 2006.

In addition to the first-degree murder charge, Harris has been charged with three handgun violations, two counts of assault and a count of reckless endangerment.

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