Worton woman charged in killing of Arundel man

August 19, 2006|By ANNIE LINSKEY | ANNIE LINSKEY,SUN REPORTER

A husband and wife from Kent County have been implicated in the killing of a 36-year-old man whose body was found in mid-January on the campus of St. John's College, Annapolis police said.

Police arrested Tammie Evelyn Jones, 38, of Worton on Wednesday and charged her with first- and second-degree murder in the shooting death of Darnell Lovell Brown of Annapolis.

Police have not charged her husband, James Jones, because he is being held in Kent County on unrelated charges, said Hal Dalton, a spokesman for the city police.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in Saturday's Maryland section incorrectly reported who found the body of murder victim Darnell Lovell Brown at St. John's College in mid-January. The body was found by several juveniles.
The Sun regrets the errors.

Brown was shot twice, police said.

Police don't know of a motive, but Dalton said the killing might have stemmed from a drug deal gone awry.

The couple are heroin users who occasionally bought drugs from the victim, according to police charging documents and Dalton.

In the documents, a detective wrote that Brown was known to sell fake drugs.

"The nature of drug dealing is that things like that happen all the time," Dalton said.

Tammie Jones called Brown several times on the day of the killing, police said.

Detectives interviewed her at her home in February and searched her car, a leased 2005 Chevrolet Malibu, police said.

The back seat was covered with "partially cleaned reddish-brown stains," and there was a "small hole" in one of the back seats, according to charging documents.

Investigators found a spent .45-caliber casing in the hole in the seat that matched a .45-caliber bullet removed from Brown's chest, police said.

DNA tests on blood stains behind the rear seat cushions showed the blood was from Brown, police said.

Tammie Jones told police that she always drives the car, and that her husband does not have a driver's license.

Dalton said detectives waited until now to make an arrest because they were running down leads. "We were trying to make the strongest case we could," the spokesman said.

It is unclear where the car was when the killing occurred.

But shortly before he was killed, Brown told friends he was going to Bloomsbury Square, a public housing neighborhood where he said he "had some business to do," according to charging documents.

St. John's College is next to Bloomsbury Square. Several students from the college found the body about 3 p.m. Jan.13, the charging documents said.

annie.linskey@baltsun.com

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