Girl's stepfather guilty of her murder, arson
A 36-year-old convicted sex offender was found guilty yesterday evening of first-degree murder for stabbing, strangling and beating to death his 13-year-old stepdaughter and setting their family's Essex rowhouse on fire to cover up the killing.
Carl Preston Evans Jr. was also convicted of second-degree attempted murder for leaving his 7-month-old daughter in the burning house and of arson for setting the blaze on Foxridge Lane in July 2005.
As the verdicts were read out in a Baltimore County Circuit courtroom just after 6 p.m., members of the girls' family hugged each other and wiped away tears. Amy Prime, the county homicide detective who led the investigation into Breaunna Floyd's death, also wept.
Evans did not visibly react to the verdicts.
Evans' arrest last August - 11 days after the killing and fire - highlighted problems with Maryland's sex offender registry program. Convicted in 1991 of raping and beating a woman at gunpoint, Evans had failed for several years to update his address with the registry and authorities didn't start searching for him until he was wanted in connection with Breaunna's killing.
Prosecutors are expected to seek a prison term of life without the possibility of parole when Evans is sentenced in November.
Unidentified man is fatally shot
A man was shot to death last night in the Catonsville area, police said.
A man was seen running from a field behind houses near the intersection of Winters Lane and Booker Road about 9 p.m., said Cpl. Mike Hill of the county police. The man collapsed in front of the Brick House bar in the 100 block of Winters Lane.
He was shot at least once, Hill said. The man was taken to St. Agnes Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police know of no suspects or motive. The man had not been identified as of late last night.
Ex-officer convicted of abusing boy
A former Baltimore County police officer convicted of sexually abusing a seventh-grade boy was sentenced yesterday to 18 months in jail.
James Mark Blankenship Jr., 28, who had been assigned to Dundalk Middle School, was also ordered to serve two years of supervised probation, to have no unsupervised contact with children under 18 and to register with the state as a child sex offender.
Blankenship, of Parkville, pleaded guilty in February to one count of sexually abusing a minor and one count of misconduct in office. As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors dismissed other charges against Blankenship that stemmed from his alleged abuse of another middle school boy and an alleged consensual sexual encounter with a 16-year-old boy who did not attend the school.
Baltimore County Circuit Judge John G. Turnbull II sentenced the former officer to four years in prison but suspended all but 18 months of the term.
Man held in stabbing death
Baltimore County police have charged a Baltimore man in a fatal stabbing outside a pool hall, county police said yesterday.
Anthony Metz, 28, of the 600 block of N. Lakewood Ave. was charged Thursday with first-degree murder in the Sept. 9 killing of Charles Richard Spencer, county police said. Metz is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center, police said.