Maryland News

December 13, 2008

Man indicted in killing of Hamm's stepdaughter

The man accused of killing the former city police commissioner's stepdaughter was indicted yesterday by a Baltimore grand jury on first-degree murder charges, according to the city state's attorney's office. Joseph Antonio Bonds, 35, of the 3500 block of W. Garrison Ave., is accused of assaulting and killing Nicole Sesker, the 39-year-old stepdaughter of Leonard D. Hamm. Court documents say Sesker died of blunt-force head injuries and was strangled. She was found dead in an alley in the 3500 block of W. Garrison Ave. Bonds is being held at the Baltimore City Detention Center without bail. An arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 26. Sesker, a woman who struggled for years with drug abuse and prostitution, was profiled, along with her stepfather, in 2005 in The New York Times.

No indictment in death of Prince George's inmate

UPPER MARLBORO: A law enforcement official says a grand jury has decided not to issue an indictment in the death of an inmate accused of killing a Prince George's County police officer. The official, who has knowledge of the case, spoke on condition of anonymity because grand jury proceedings are private. The official said a new grand jury has been convened to hear the case. Prince George's State's Attorney Glenn Ivey would not discuss grand jury deliberations, but he said the inmate's death is still being investigated. Ronnie White was found dead in his jail cell June 29, several days after he was arrested in the hit-and-run death of Cpl. Richard Findley. Maryland's chief medical examiner has ruled that the 19-year-old inmate was strangled, but some corrections officers have said they believe White killed himself.

Associated Press

Manchester man arrested after police find pipe bomb

A Manchester man has been arrested after police say they found a pipe bomb and bomb-making materials in his home. They also found four rifles, a shotgun and ammunition near his 2-year-old and 8-year-old children. Carroll County Sheriff's Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents went to 37-year-old Clayton Lilly's home in the 2400 block of Mount Ventus Road No. 1 on Thursday afternoon. Inside, police found the weapons within the children's reach, along with marijuana. The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office detonated the bomb in the backyard, and no one was injured. Police say they don't know why Lilly made the bomb. Authorities were led to Lilly through the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. During a search of Lilly's home, police seized his computer. Police say more charges are expected.

Associated Press and Baltimore Sun staff reports

Victim of fatal shooting is identified by police

Police have identified a man who was fatally shot Wednesday in the Ellwood Park-Monument neighborhood of East Baltimore. Southeastern District police responding about 8:30 p.m. to a 911 call of a shooting in the 3000 block of Pulaski Highway, between Potomac Street and Ellwood Avenue, found Brian Carlos Smith, 37, lying on the ground and bleeding from bullet wounds to the head and upper body. Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman, said Smith, of the 600 block of N. Robinson St., was walking down Pulaski Highway when he was approached by an unknown individual and shot several times. No arrest had been made as of yesterday.

Justin Fenton

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