Double killing might involve third suspect

January 20, 2008|By Justin Fenton | Justin Fenton,Sun reporter

A third suspect might have been involved in a double homicide in Brooklyn Park, a crime that left a homicide witness dead and set free a man charged with murder.

Though Anne Arundel County police announced charges in November against two men in the Aug. 28 deaths of Dequincey Antonio Smith, 24, and Dontay Lamont Williams, 21, court records indicate that a third person was in the getaway car.

Shawn Lamont Weaver is charged with two counts each of first- and second-degree murder and is being held in the Baltimore city jail in an unrelated incident.

Police are looking for Torin 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. He is suspected of driving the two other men to the scene of the crime, according to charging documents.

Police would not comment on the case or on the possibility of a third suspect at large.

According to records, numerous witnesses said they saw two men run from the Southerly Road home and jump into a white SUV, possibly a Land Rover.

Another witness described speaking with Baskerville about the shooting later that night. Baskerville, who owns a 1999 white Land Rover, allegedly said he was with someone named "Fifty" and another man, whom he dropped off in the Brooklyn area.

Baskerville allegedly told the witness that he dropped off the two men knowing they were going to assault the victims inside the Southerly Road home. The men ran inside, asked where "Tay" - a nickname for Williams - was and ran out of the home a few minutes later, jumping into the Land Rover as Baskerville drove them away.

The records indicate that police interviewed Baskerville but that he denied being involved in the incident.

Williams was a key witness in a November 2006 killing in Brooklyn Park, a case that fell apart after his death and 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 have declined 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 said previously that the state's case was "questionable" and that Williams was not a credible witness.

County police made arrests in seven of the 12 homicides last year, and a conviction has been secured in one of them.

justin.fenton@baltsun.com

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