Fatal shooting recounted

Police say suspect, victim likely didn't know one another

July 14, 2006|By MELISSA HARRIS | MELISSA HARRIS,SUN REPORTER

The 27-year-old suspect and 20-year-old victim in a fatal shooting in late June in Columbia likely did not know one another, a spokeswoman for Howard County police said this week.

Police believe that a dispute over a basketball game broke out at the Dickinson Park courts near Kings Contrivance Village Center on June 23.

That argument carried over to the parking lot of the McDonald's at the village center. Police were called, but the group had dispersed by the time officers arrived.

Sherry Llewellyn, a police spokeswoman, said the victim was not at either location and did not become involved in the dispute until later in the day.

About 11:30 p.m., two groups of people, some of whom had been involved in the earlier confrontations, came across each other near the entrance to the Kings Crossing community in the 8900 block of Early April Way, Llewellyn said.

"There was an argument, and someone brought a gun and fired it," she said.

According to court records, the suspect, Michael Dean Jackson, Jr., who lives near the site of the shooting, said the victim and his friends had "come into his neighborhood to beat up him and his brother." He told police that he shot Anthony James Owen-Smith, 20, of Savage "in self-defense," according to the same records.

A grand jury indicted Jackson on a first-degree murder charge this week.

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