Youth held in killing of teen

16-year-old confessed to fatal shooting, police say

Also charged in 2nd incident

Woman was fired at while getting into car


August 24, 2004|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

A 16-year-old Severn youth was arrested yesterday after he admitted fatally shooting a Glen Burnie teenager Friday night and firing at a woman getting into a car that was carrying her two young daughters, Anne Arundel County police said.

Police charged Anthony Deyonko Switzer, 16, of the 7900 block of Beach Plum Lane in Severn with murder and attempted murder yesterday. He was being held without bail and was scheduled to appear in court at a bail hearing today.

The victim, identified as Doray Delonte Jones, 18, of the 400 block of Elwell Court in Glen Burnie, was found at 10:24 p.m. Friday with a gunshot wound to the upper body in a car on Carriage Drive near Gallop Way, behind Van Bokkelen Elementary School in Severn.

FOR THE RECORD - An article Tuesday suggested that a fatal shooting Friday night occurred directly behind Van Bokkelen Elementary School in Severn. The shooting took place about two blocks from school grounds but about one-third of a mile from the school building.
The Sun regrets the errors.

Police said they think Jones had been shot about an hour earlier and that they are unsure whether it was a random or targeted shooting.

While police were investigating that homicide, another shooting was reported a few blocks away in the 7900 block of Heather Mist Drive. A woman told police that someone shot at her as she was getting into her car. The bullet struck her vehicle, missing her two 9-year-old daughters in the car and their grandmother, who was also getting into the car, police said. Police said Switzer confessed to that shooting and to killing Jones.

April shooting

During their investigation, police said, a teenager who is a friend of the 16-year-old suspect confessed to a shooting in April.

Police said Terry Cooks Jr., 18, of the 7700 block of West Evanston Court in Severn made the statement while being questioned about Jones' death.

"We identified him as a possible suspect in this one that just occurred and that is when he admitted doing the shooting on April 7," said Lt. Joseph Jordan of the Anne Arundel police.

Cooks, due to begin his senior year at Meade Senior High School, told police he shot David Ward Brown, 52, while Brown was walking in Provinces Park in Severn, according to charging documents in the case.

Jordan said police are looking into whether there is a connection between the wounding of Brown, who remains in stable condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, and Friday night's shootings.

Cooks was arrested yesterday and charged with attempted murder, police said. He is being held without bail.

Yesterday, District Judge James W. Dryden raised the bail of a third teenager, Marshall Hall, 18, of the 1700 block of Old Calvert Court in Severn, after Assistant State's Attorney Stacey Green said Hall is suspected of stealing the shotgun used to kill Jones and that he "was present at that homicide."

Green described the fatal shooting of Jones as a "random homicide." The weapon was among several items stolen one day before the killing during a burglary at a home on the street where Hall lives, Green said.

Fingerprints found

According to charging documents, Hall's fingerprints were found on two DVDs taken during the burglary, American Pie and The Best of Wrestling. Police said that on the day of burglary, Hall was among a group of people standing on a playground about 15 feet from items that were stolen from the home.

A District Court commissioner had set bail for Hall, who is charged with burglary and theft, at $15,000.

"I'll make it $50,000," Dryden said.

Hall had a drug problem and contacts with juvenile authorities, according to a pretrial services worker at the bail review hearing.

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