Randallstown teen charged in 2 killings

CRIME WATCH

Baltimore & Region

October 19, 2005|By LISA GOLDBERG

A fingerprint left on a box of latex gloves found at the scene of a double homicide in Owings Mills more than two weeks ago led investigators to a Randallstown teenager who they allege was involved in the crime, according to charging documents.

Christopher Rojuan Giles, 18, was arrested this month and charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Howard Thacker Jr., 35, and his 17-year-old nephew, Dante Thacker, police said yesterday.

Giles told authorities that he knew about a plot to rob the Thackers of drugs and money and that he had been at the men's address in the 100 block of Village Mill Court with "several individuals" just before the shootings, according to the charging documents.

He said he and others put on latex gloves but that he was not in the apartment when the men were killed, according to the documents.

Baltimore County police spokesman Bill Toohey said yesterday that detectives are trying to determine how many people were involved in the killings.

Although Giles was arrested four days after the Oct. 1 killings, authorities did not initially release that information because they did not want others who might have been involved in the crime to know he was in custody, Toohey said.

Giles, a resident of the first block of Bannock Court, is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center. A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for Nov. 4.

Giles was charged with drug and gun offenses stemming from an earlier incident in Baltimore, according to court records.

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