Three held in teen's killing

Men charged with murder after aunt of victim pleads for public's help

December 18, 2007|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,Sun reporter

Anniebell Stewart made a plea last week for information that might help police figure out who killed her teenage nephew, whose burning body was found in August in a Baltimore County park.

Afterward, county police received several anonymous calls with information. And by yesterday, three Baltimore men had been charged with murder and were being held without bail in the death of 17-year-old Glen Michael Stewart.

"That's what solved this - the cooperation of the family, the media and the public working with police," said Cpl. Michael Hill, a county police spokesman.

The arrests, made Friday and Saturday by Baltimore County police, "brings closure to myself and my family," Anniebell Stewart said yesterday.

At least one of the men charged in the killing had been friends with her nephew, Stewart said. She said she recognized Desmond Hideji Willis Jones, 19, of the 4100 block of Elderon Ave. as someone who occasionally called the house for her nephew.

In addition to Jones, Joseph William Payne, 24, of the 5400 block of Fairlawn Ave. and Jason Michael Bond, 23, of the 4200 block of W. Rogers Ave. were charged with first-degree murder. All three were being held yesterday without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Glen Stewart was shot multiple times before his body was set on fire, police said. His body was found Aug. 27 in a wooded area of Villa Nova Park, near Liberty Road.

Cellular phone records show that several hours before Stewart's body was found, the three men charged with his murder were in the area of the park, according to charging documents.

They and the victim lived less than a mile from one another in Northwest Baltimore, records show.

Anniebell Stewart, a 22-year-old senior at Coppin State University, became her nephew's legal guardian about a year and a half ago. A good student in elementary and middle school, Glen Stewart began to get in trouble when he moved in with his mother at the age of 12, Anniebell Stewart said.

The teenager appeared to improve and began studying for his diploma through the General Educational Development program and working at a Checkers restaurant, Anniebell Stewart said. However, he continued to hang out with some friends who were bad influences, she said.

An arrest warrant had been issued charging Glen Stewart in connection with the armed robbery July 26 of a produce stand, according to police and court records.

Stewart disappeared about 8:30 p.m. Aug. 26 after heading to a convenience store near the family's home on Gist Avenue, police said.

Neighbors of Villa Nova Park told police after the body was found that they heard what could have been gunshots, but it's unclear whether Stewart was shot at the park or elsewhere, said Hill, the police spokesman, adding that the investigation is continuing.

Police had reached a dead end in their investigation until last week when Anniebell Stewart made pleas for those with information to call police, Hill said.

Hill said investigators have not established a motive for the killing.

"There's still a lot more to piece together," said Hill.

Some of the information gathered by detectives is being withheld to protect the anonymity of the person or people who have shared information with police, Hill said.

Anniebell Stewart said she suspects her nephew was killed as part of a robbery. Just before he left for the convenience store, she said, she had given him a $10 bill. The money was not found by police, she said.

Glen Stewart would have turned 18 today, she said.

laura.barnhardt@baltsun.com

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