Teens held in fatal shooting of man slain in Pikesville

December 30, 2007|By James Drew

Two teenagers were being held in the Baltimore County Detention Center in the shooting death last week of a 22-year-old man in Pikesville.

Baltimore County police said yesterday they have arrested Gregory V. Cooper, 18, and Tavon J. Robinson, 17, and charged them with first-degree murder in the shooting of Joseph Edward Brown, who lived in the 4400 block of Evamay Road.

Brown's body was found Dec. 27 in the 8200 block of Vosges Road. An autopsy found that he died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Police said that on the night before his body was found, Brown met Cooper and Robinson to discuss the sale of a handgun. Brown wanted to sell the gun for $500, but Robinson gave him $300, police said.

Although police did not release details of what they believe happened next, Cooper is accused of using the gun to shoot Brown several times. The next day, Cooper gave the gun to Robinson, authorities said.

After questioning Cooper and Robinson, police obtained warrants to search their homes and found a gun and bullets in Robinson's bedroom closet in the 3900 block of Eitemiller Road, authorities said. Police arrested Cooper, of the first block of Virunga Court, and Robinson on Friday and charged them with first-degree murder. Robinson is being charged as an adult. Bail was denied.

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