Crime Watch

November 29, 2007

2 charged in Aug. killing of witness, second man

Anne Arundel County police have charged two men in connection with a double slaying in Brooklyn Park in August, an attack that left a homicide witness dead and set an accused killer free.

Shawn Lamont Weaver, 37, was being held in the Baltimore City jail for an unrelated incident. He was charged with two counts each of of first- and second-degree murder in the deaths of Dequincey Antonio Smith, 24, and Dontay Lamont Williams, 21, who were shot Aug. 28 in a Southerly Road home, county police said.

Police are looking for Torin Sydney Baskerville, 30, who has been charged with two counts each of accessory after the fact of murder, and conspiracy to commit first- and second-degree assault.

Williams was a key witness in a November 2006 killing in Brooklyn Park -- a case that fell apart after his death. Williams' death also prompted the release of Lamal Lamonte Wise, 18, of Brooklyn Park, who had been charged in the shooting death of Timothy Marvin Wilson of West Baltimore.

Williams was fatally shot one month before Wise's trial was scheduled to begin.

Police and prosecutors declined yesterday to discuss details of the Aug. 28 shootings or whether Williams was killed in retaliation for agreeing to testify in the case against Wise.

Wise's attorney has maintained that the state's case was "questionable" and that Williams was not a credible witness.

Police ask anyone with information about the Brooklyn Park case to call the department at 410-222-8610 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP, where they may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Justin Fenton

Gus G. Sentementes

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