Homicide suspect arrested in Conn.

August 25, 2007|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Sun reporter

A Harford County man suspected as a gunman in the Aug. 11 shooting death of a man in Edgewood has been arrested in Connecticut, police said yesterday.

Police in Stamford, Conn., arrested Sean Nelson "Ski" Smith, 28, Thursday night after receiving tips that the suspect was staying in an apartment in that city.

Smith has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Samuel D. Horne, 25, and will be extradited to Maryland on Sept. 7, Stamford police said.

"Our narcotics squad garnered information from the street that a party wanted for a Maryland homicide was frequenting several residences in the city," said Capt. Richard Conklin, head of the Stamford detectives bureau.

After conducting surveillance of the two-story apartment building, police surrounded the site and instructed occupants via telephone to exit the apartment. Smith, who was unarmed, came out with two women and a child.

"We had a good description, including Smith's tattoos," Conklin said.

Police searched the apartment and found no weapons, Conklin said, adding that Smith was in the city less than a week and had been staying with acquaintances.

"He was not living with family or long-term friends," Conklin said.

Horne grew up in Edgewood but had been living in Aberdeen at the time he was killed. He was shot several times on a neighborhood street on the afternoon of Aug. 11, according to Harford County sheriff's deputies. Horne and Smith reportedly had argued the night before, although investigators say they are unclear as to the details of the dispute.

Police believe four other suspects are involved in Horne's death, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Sgt. Christina R. Presberry said. A first-degree murder warrant has also been issued for Vance Edwin Major, 28, who is also suspected as having shot Horne, Presberry said.

Nicholas Daron Porter, 27, and Ravon Leonard Watson, 27, are charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

"Police have determined that Smith and Major shot Horne," the spokeswoman said. "They are still trying to determine at what level others are involved."

Sheriff's deputies say they believe there is one more suspect who has not been identified.

Smith is being held without bail at the Bridgeport Correctional Center, Conklin said. In a hearing yesterday, he waived extradition.

mary.gail.hare@baltsun.com

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