Teen charged in fatal shooting in Annapolis

19-year-old surrenders after man is killed in public housing complex

September 25, 2005|By Gina Davis | Gina Davis,Sun reporter

An Annapolis teenager has been charged in the fatal shooting yesterday afternoon of a 24-year-old man in the College Creek Terrace public housing complex, police said.

Kelvin Jamar Bias, 19, surrendered to police about an hour after police said he shot Tico James Smith, also of Annapolis, who was killed about 12:40 p.m. in the first block of College Creek Terrace, said Officer Kevin D. Freeman.

"He turned himself in to police without incident," said Freeman, who added that several people had come to the police station to identify Bias as the shooter.

"We had a good number of witnesses" who came forward, Freeman said.

Bias has been charged with first- and second-degree murder, as well as possession of a handgun in the commission of a felony, police said.

Last night, Bias was being held without bond in the Anne Arundel County Detention Center in Annapolis awaiting a bail review hearing tomorrow.

When police arrived at the scene yesterday, they found Smith lying on the ground, suffering from at least one gunshot wound, Freeman said.

Smith was pronounced dead at the scene.

"The motive is unknown," Freeman said. "But [Bias] is believed to have been the only shooter."

Police could not say whether Bias and Smith knew each other or what might have led to the shooting.

The investigation is continuing, Freeman said last night.

gina.davis@baltsun.com

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