Boy, 15, charged in brother's killing

He is 20th person in city younger than age 18 to be charged as adult with murder this year

December 03, 2006|By Greg Garland | Greg Garland,sun reporter

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his older brother after a quarrel Friday in an East Baltimore rowhouse, authorities said yesterday.

Jermaine Mark Sanders is accused of stabbing his brother, Jason E. Sanders, 17, at their residence in the 2100 block of E. Biddle St., near Collington Square, about 10:20 a.m.

"The victim ran out and collapsed nearby on North Chester Street," said Agent Donny Moses, a city police spokesman.

Police said Jason Sanders, who was stabbed in the side, died on the way to a hospital.

Jermaine Sanders was located a short time later in Patterson Park and taken into custody without incident, according to charging documents.

He told police he had gotten into an argument with his brother inside their house, retrieved a large, black-handled knife and went to his room, records show.

Jermaine Sanders "stated that when the victim entered the room ... the victim punched him in the face and he stabbed the victim with the knife that was already in his hand," the charging document states.

Jermaine Sanders is the 20th person younger than 18 to be charged this year as an adult with a killing in Baltimore - almost double the number in that age bracket charged in 2005, according to data compiled by Baltimore City State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy's office.

Records show 11 youths younger than 18 were charged as adults with murder in 2005, only one of whom was younger than 16. Of the 20 arrested this year, 10 were younger than 16.

"This is a very disturbing trend," said Margaret T. Burns, a spokeswoman for Jessamy.

Many victims also are younger than 18. Burns said 27 youths under that age have been killed in Baltimore this year, compared with 13 last year.

Jessamy has ordered her staff to conduct a study of the backgrounds of teenage defendants charged in murder cases, Burns said.

"Many of these kids are dropping out of school in middle school, and many are committing murder with no prior indicators [of delinquent behavior] at all," she said.

greg.garland@baltsun.com

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