3 men indicted in May killing

Victim was found shot to death in a parking lot in Columbia

August 08, 2008|By John-John Williams IV | John-John Williams IV,SUN REPORTER

Three Baltimore County men were indicted yesterday in the May killing of a Howard County man who was found shot in a Columbia parking lot, according to the state's attorney's office.

Daymar L. Wimbish, 18, and Lamont Anthony Johnson, 24, both of Owings Mills, were charged with first-degree murder, three counts of attempted armed robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, three counts of first-degree assault, possession of a firearm with a crime of violence conviction and having an unregistered rifle/shotgun.

In addition, Wimbish was indicted on a charge of possession of a regulated firearm while being under 21.

Bond is being withheld for Wimbish and Johnson.

Kevin J. Jennings, 19, of Pikesville, was indicted on charges of first-degree murder, three counts of attempted armed robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, three counts of first-degree assault, three counts of attempted armed robbery, having an unregistered rifle/shotgun and accessory after the fact.

Jennings is being held at the Howard County Detention Center on $350,000 bond.

The three are suspected in the killing of Jason Pridgen Batts, 23, of Columbia, who was found dead on the parking lot of Stevens Forest Apartments about 3 a.m. May 17.

Three days later, Howard County police arrested 21-year-old Ronald McConnell, who investigators believe ordered the shooting, according to charging documents.

In June, a grand jury indicted McConnell on 11 counts, including first-degree murder, attempted armed robbery and assault.

He is being held without bail at the Howard County Detention Center.

McConnell was arrested after investigators found his fingerprint on a shotgun that was recovered at the scene of the shooting, according to police.

Police say Wimbish was in the area at the time of the incident and, based on cell phone records, tried to call one of the two people who were with Batts.

Authorities believe Wimbish was trying to lure the man on the phone to the place where the shooting occurred.

john-john.williams@baltsun.com

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