Second man held in I-95 killing


April 09, 2008|By MARY GAIL HARE

Maryland State Police have charged a second man in an April 1 homicide along Interstate 95 near Bel Air, authorities said yesterday.

Damon M. Jackson, 33, of Havre de Grace was arrested yesterday at a motel on Pulaski Highway in Aberdeen, police said. He is charged with first-degree murder and attempted armed robbery in the attack on Alan Zurita, 29, of Havre de Grace.

Zurita, who was shot in the upper body, was pronounced dead at Upper Chesapeake Hospital Center in Bel Air, according to police. Jackson, who had also been shot during the early-morning incident, was driven to the hospital by Demetrius D. Lovelace, 35, of Temple Hills in Prince George's County.

Lovelace was arrested and charged with murder later that day, police said.

Jackson and Lovelace, who had been once been incarcerated together, had offered Zurita a ride to Baltimore and had planned to rob him as the three traveled south on I-95, police said.

During what police call an attempted robbery, Zurita is believed to have struggled with Jackson and Lovelace for control of a handgun. The gun went off during the struggle, police said, and Jackson was wounded in the upper torso. Zurita was then fatally wounded, police said.

The investigation is continuing, police said.

Lovelace and Jackson are being held at the Harford County Detention Center.

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