Man, 22, charged in Jessup stabbing death

November 10, 2006|By Melissa Harris | Melissa Harris,sun reporter

A 22-year-old man from Savage has been charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of a 39-year-old acquaintance outside a motel on U.S. 1 in Jessup on Wednesday.

Adrian Maldonado was being held in the Howard County Detention Center yesterday awaiting a bail hearing, which is scheduled for Monday.

He is accused of killing Marvin Walter Harding of Lincoln Drive in Jessup, who was found lying on a sidewalk with multiple stab wounds about 6 p.m. Harding was pronounced dead at Howard County General Hospital.

According to court records, one of Harding's relatives saw Maldonado, or "Dre," walking near U.S. 1 and Guilford Road and contacted police, who made an arrest. The relative told police that he witnessed the stabbing.

Other witnesses also were able to pick Maldonado, who has "DRE" tattooed on his right hand, out of an array of photos, according to charging documents.

According to court records, Maldonado, within the last year, has been convicted of second-degree assault, theft, fleeing from a police officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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