Four charged in killing of boy, 14

fifth sought

December 30, 2008|By Gus G. Sentementes | Gus G. Sentementes,gus.sentementes@baltsun.com

Baltimore police detectives charged four people in the killing of a 14-year-old boy in Brooklyn last month and are seeking a fifth person in the case.

Police charging documents allege that several adults were robbed by an unidentified person in a Brooklyn home Nov. 18 and then sought retribution. Three adults drove to a Southwest Baltimore house, where they picked up guns and two accomplices, then returned to Brooklyn, where they found Steven Graham riding his bicycle past a fire station, according to the documents.

Graham was shot once and died of his injuries later the same night, according to police.

Police investigators don't know whether Graham, an eighth-grader at Masonville Cove Community Academy in Brooklyn, was involved in the original robbery. But the boy, who had had scrapes with the law and whose uncle tried to protect him by voluntarily placing him on home detention, was targeted, according to the documents.

Last week, police charged three men and one woman in Graham's killing, and detectives are seeking one more person. Detectives described a conspiracy among people in their 40s and 50s to track down the person behind a robbery at a home in the 3500 block of Helmstetter Ave. - about three blocks from where Graham was killed.

The three men were identified as Joseph Richardson, 46, Virgil Hitchen, 43, and Lawrence Lewis, 46, all of Baltimore.

The woman was identified as Patricia Trusty, 53. Richardson and Trusty live together in the 1300 block of E. 33rd St.

Hitchen lives in the 4000 block of Walrad St., and Lewis lives in the 4100 block of Raymonn Ave.

All four were charged with murder, assault, conspiracy and weapons-related counts, according to electronic court records, and all are being held without bail at the Baltimore City Detention Center. The name of the fifth suspect was not released.

Charging documents allege that the adults pulled up next to Graham in a minivan and a sedan, and two people got out and fired one shot at him as he rode his bicycle past a Brooklyn fire station at 5th Street and Maude Avenue in the early evening of Nov. 18.

Paramedics in the station heard the gunshot and rushed to help Graham, but the bullet had severely damaged his lungs, spinal cord and aorta, according to charging documents. The boy died a short time later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Graham is one of 26 juveniles killed in Baltimore this year, according to homicide statistics collected by The Baltimore Sun.

Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton contributed to this article.

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