July 01, 2008|By Laura Smitherman

Suspect held in kidnapping, death

A man sought by police in the fatal shooting and kidnapping of another man last month was arrested last week on an unrelated charge, and a routine check of outstanding warrants and the man's fingerprints led to his arrest in the kidnapping and killing, police said.

DaJuan Marshall, 26, of the 3800 block of Byfield Road was being held at Central Booking and Intake Center on June 25 when authorities there learned of an outstanding warrant charging him with killing Kenneth Cooper Jones, 26, of no fixed address, whose body was found in the 4500 block of Bonner Road on June 9. Jones had been shot in the head multiple times with a large-caliber handgun, police said.

According to District Court records, witnesses reported seeing Jones standing near Custom House Avenue and Water Street about 11:40 p.m. June 8 when two men forced him into the trunk of a car at gunpoint and drove off.

Thirty minutes later, Jones' body was found on Bonner Road near Dickeyville in West Baltimore.

Based on the accounts of witnesses to the kidnapping and an investigation by homicide detectives, a warrant was issued charging Marshall with the kidnapping and murder of Jones. Police said Marshall is being held without bail.

Two people die in weekend crashes

Two people were killed in traffic accidents in Anne Arundel County over the weekend - one in a single-car crash in Arnold and one in Laurel involving a suspected drunken driver, county police said yesterday.

About noon Saturday in Arnold, Kevin Shawn Hadley, 43, of the 100 block of Old River Road lost control of his 2005 BMW while driving on Boulters Way south of Winchester Road. The car went up a grass embankment and became airborne, police said.

Police said the car struck several trees, spun around and ended up 118 feet off the road. Hadley was pronounced dead on the scene, police said.

Shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday in Laurel, police said, a 1994 Toyota pickup driven by Jeffrey Cissel Grauel, 41, crossed the center line on northbound Brock Bridge Road and sideswiped a car whose driver had stopped for a red light. Police said the pickup continued north at a high speed, went through a red light at Laurel Fort Meade Road and hit another car, then ran head-on into a third car stopped at the intersection.

Grauel was pronounced dead on the scene. Police said investigators believe he was under the influence of alcohol.

Minority involvement in pension sought

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot joined the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson yesterday at the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition Conference in Chicago to discuss ways to provide minority money managers greater opportunities to invest state pension funds.

Franchot, who is a vocal supporter of Maryland's program for directing state contracts to minority-owned businesses, serves as vice chair of the state's $38 billion pension system. He said Maryland's existing efforts to diversify its pension managers had resulted in five minority- or women-owned firms getting part of the state's business. Franchot said all but one had outperformed their benchmarks, but they only manage only 1 percent of the assets.

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