Boy, 15, charged in fatal shooting

August 31, 2006|By Tyrone Richardson | Tyrone Richardson,Sun reporter

A Columbia 15-year-old accused of fatally shooting an 18-year-old Columbia man over the weekend faces a bail review hearing in Howard County District Court today after being arrested in Prince George's County on Tuesday.

Monti Mantrice Fleming of Owen Brown village is charged as an adult with first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and handgun violations.

He is accused of shooting Shaun Edward Powell of Harper's Choice after a fight in the 11200 block of Powder Run in the Village of Hickory Ridge on Saturday.

Witnesses have told police that when Powell attempted to walk away, Fleming shot at him. Police said Powell then was seen running away. His body was found Sunday morning in a residential area about 100 yards from where the incident occurred. It was Columbia's second killing this year.

Fleming was arrested by Howard County police at a Prince George's County residence about 6 p.m. Tuesday, said Sherry Llewellyn, a Howard County police spokeswoman. Police said Fleming faces unrelated attempted-murder charges from an Aug. 22 incident in which he is accused of shooting a man in the leg during a confrontation.

Fleming was enrolled at Homewood School, said Patti Caplan, a Howard County schools spokeswoman. She said that before attending Homewood, a county school for troubled youths, Fleming had spent time as a student at Oakland Mills High School.

Powell, also a student at Homewood, was scheduled to appear in Howard County Circuit Court in October to face charges of destruction of property and fourth-degree burglary. At the time of his death, police had issued an arrest warrant for Powell in connection with an auto theft.

Ru Sellers, 28, a friend with whom Powell was staying on Harpers Farm Road, said he wanted to become a nurse and had been on job interviews in recent weeks, trying to turn his life around. He was acquainted with Fleming, she said.

"They weren't friends, they did see each other at parties, and they have seen each other around," she said.

Sellers said she felt better when she received word that Fleming was arrested.

"I felt a little bit better," said Sellers, who wore a gold chain with Powell's picture on it as she spoke in the hallway of her apartment. "I'm going to go to every court date."

Sellers said that during an impromptu vigil Tuesday evening, about 50 friends gathered around the area where Powell's body was found, lit candles and wrote tributes to him.

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