Crime Watch


December 04, 2007

16-year-old to be tried as adult in homicide

A 16-year-old boy accused of shooting a man who was scheduled to testify in a Baltimore City murder case will be tried as an adult.

Attorneys for Johnathan R. Cornish withdrew their request yesterday in Baltimore County Circuit Court to have the teenager transferred to juvenile court. He and several codefendants are scheduled to go to trial in February.

Cornish, of West Baltimore, is charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and two handgun offenses in the fatal shooting of Carl Stanley Lackl Jr. The 38-year-old victim, killed July 2 in front of his Rosedale home, was a key prosecution witness in a city murder case against Patrick Byers.

County police said Byers had sent a text message from city jail, offering $1,000 for the killing of Lackl.

Cornish was 15 years old at the time of Lackl's death.

The teenager has a juvenile record that includes "numerous" contacts with police, Baltimore County Circuit Judge Patrick Cavanaugh said yesterday in court, reading from a sealed report from the state Department of Juvenile Services.

In addition to Cornish, five adults - including Byers - are charged in Lackl's death.

Jennifer McMenamin

7th suspect in brawl surrenders

A seventh suspect in the Edgewood brawl that left a man paralyzed surrendered to police yesterday.

Rakin Raid Muhammad, 17, of Edgewood was taken into custody about 3 p.m. and charged with attempted second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, and conspiracy to commit second-degree murder, said Sgt. Christina Presberry, spokeswoman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office. Muhammad is scheduled for a bond review hearing today in Harford District Court.

Meanwhile, another suspect, Gregory Nealy, 19, of Edgewood, was denied bond yesterday during a court hearing. Nealy, of the 1800 block of Brookside Drive, faces charges of attempted second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit second-degree murder and two counts of assault.

A 44-year-old man was left paralyzed from his waist down in the brawl that occurred after a crowd gathered outside his home. Two others were injured in the Nov. 25. incident.

Madison Park

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