Columbia teen sought in slaying

Man, 18, was fatally shot in street Saturday after apparent argument and fight

August 29, 2006|By Tyrone Richardson | Tyrone Richardson,Sun reporter

Howard County Police issued an arrest warrant yesterday for a Columbia 15-year-old wanted in the shooting death of an 18-year-old Columbia man after what authorities said was an argument Saturday night.

Monti Mantrice Fleming, of the 6500 block of Overheart Lane inColumbia's Owen Brown village is charged as an adult with first-degree murder in the death of Shaun Edward Powell of the 5400 block of Harper Farm Road in the Village of Harper's Choice.

Police said Powell and Fleming were among those gathered in the 11200 block of Powder Run in the Village of Hickory Ridge the night of the incident. The two got into an argument and then a physical fight, said Sherry Llewellyn, a police spokeswoman. When Powell attempted to walk away, he was shot at, witnesses told police.

"The witnesses then saw Powell running from the scene," Llewellyn said.

Powell's body was found Sunday morning outside a home in the Sierra Villas development in the 11200 block of Crystal Run, about 100 yards from the site of the incident, police said. He had been shot. His body was taken Sunday to the state medical examiner's office in Baltimore for an autopsy, police said.

In addition to first-degree murder, Fleming is charged with second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and handgun violations.

Police said Fleming also faces charges from an Aug. 22 incident in which Mark Golston, of an unknown age and address, was shot in his leg after a confrontation in the 10300 block of Nightmist Court in Columbia's Wilde Lake village.

At the time of Powell's death, police had issued an arrest warrant for him in connection with an auto theft. He also was scheduled to appear in Howard County court in October to face charges of destruction of property and fourth-degree burglary, according to court documents.

Yesterday, residents near Powell's home on Harper's Farm Road described him as a kind person.

"He was a nice and pleasant guy, and I didn't see him in trouble," said a resident who declined to give her name, fearing retaliation.

Police are asking anybody with information in the whereabouts of Fleming's to call 911.

Sun reporter Melissa Harris contributed to this article.

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