Jury convicts city man of killing 64-year-old

April 11, 2008|By Melissa Harris | Melissa Harris,Sun reporter

A Baltimore jury convicted a 22-year-old city man yesterday of second-degree murder in the 2006 drowning and dismemberment of a man, 64, with whom he shared a house, according to Joseph Sviatko, a spokesman for the State's Attorney's Office.

Octavius Savage was also convicted of conspiracy to murder, robbery, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and conspiracy to rob, Sviatko said.

The victim, Donald Russell, was drowned in the upstairs bathroom of the house in the 1400 block of N. Dukeland Ave., a medical examiner testified. His body was cut in half and boxed in two storage bins, one of which was left in Prince George's County, the other in Charles County, prosecutor Josh Felsen said in closing arguments.

Before the drowning, Savage and his then-girlfriend, Tiffany Natasha Brown, 22, who also lived in the house, bound and gagged Russell and stole his cash and ATM and credit cards, Felsen said.

They ordered him to give up his personal identification number. With the cash and money Brown withdrew from an ATM, Felsen said, the pair purchased almost $700 worth of tools from Wal-Mart and cement from Home Depot, all of which was used to dismember and dispose of the victim's body.

Brown pleaded guilty in August to conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, according to court records.

Under a deal with prosecutors, she agreed to testify at Savage's trial and receive a sentence of 15 to 20 years in prison.

Circuit Judge John N. Prevas is scheduled to sentence Savage on May 19, according to Sviatko.

melissa.harris@baltsun.com

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