Two men charged in Southwest Baltimore killing

December 18, 2008|By Gus G. Sentementes | Gus G. Sentementes,

Two men were arrested this week and charged with the fatal shooting of a man during a robbery in Southwest Baltimore in October, according to police and court records.

About 9 p.m. Oct. 14, Rubin J. Nelson, 26, was approached by two people while walking in the 1900 block of N. Rosedale St. The pair robbed him of his backpack and then shot him as they fled. Nelson died 40 minutes later, after he was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Robbery apparently was a motive but it was unclear from charging documents what was stolen from Nelson, aside from his backpack. When police officers arrived at the shooting scene, they found two glass jugs of marijuana, an open pocket knife, a cell phone and a spent shell casing, according to police charging documents.

Detectives also found witnesses who led them to two suspects: Mark Telp, 20, and Tyrell C. Turpin, 18, according to charging documents. Telp, of the 2900 block of E. Madison Ave., was arrested Monday. Turpin, who lives in the 1100 block of Poplar Grove St., was arrested yesterday morning, court records show.

Both were charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery, assault, weapons violations and related charges, court records show. They are being held without bail at the Baltimore City Detention Center.

Turpin was convicted of handgun possession July 25, when he was still 17. City prosecutors asked for a two-year sentence, with all but 90 days suspended, according to Margaret Burns, a state's attorney's office spokeswoman.

But a city judge gave Turpin a lesser sentence: 18 months, all suspended, and two years' probation, court records show.

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