Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

August 10, 2006

City police seek tips in beating death

City police are seeking the public's help in the investigation of the beating death of a 28-year-old man whose body was found on an exterior stairway of an East Baltimore motel early yesterday.

An employee of the Executive Inn Motel in the 3600 block of Pulaski Highway saw the body on the stairs leading to a second-floor landing about 4 a.m. and called police, said homicide Detective Vernon Parker.

Parker said it appeared the man, identified as Cecil Saunders, whose address was not available, was attacked on the stairs with a weapon and sustained head injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Motel patrons told police they heard what sounded like a disturbance outside their rooms shortly before the body was found, but they did not witness the attack or recognize the victim.

Metro Crime Stoppers, at 410-276-8888, is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment.

Richard Irwin

Man, 43, sentenced in abuse

An Elkton man who sexually abused two relatives has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

William Edward Burns, 43, was convicted Tuesday in Cecil County Circuit Court of molesting two relatives in their Elkton home in the 1990s, starting when one was 7 and the other 9. The victims are now 21 and 23.

Judge R.E. Beck ordered Burns to serve five years of supervised probation after prison.

Associated Press

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