2 charged in 2007 murder of man found duct-taped, shot in Leakin Park

December 18, 2009|By Justin Fenton | justin.fenton@baltsun.com

Two men have been charged in the October 2007 killing of a 21-year-old man found dead on the side of the road just inside Leakin Park.

About 6:40 a.m. on Oct. 10, 2007, a motorist driving through the park saw the body of Kwame Osafo lying in the street. According to charging documents, Osafo's head was covered with duct tape and blood was observed on his face and head.

An autopsy determined Osafo had been shot twice in the head, records show.

Detectives with the Baltimore police homicide unit learned that Osafo had been abducted Oct. 9. He was taken to an apartment in the 2500 block of Winchester Ave., then to the 3400 block of Winterbourne Road., a narrow, leafy street leading into Leakin Park, where he was shot, Det. Kirk Hastings wrote in charging documents against Andre Cox, 30, and Gregory Lee, 23.

It was not clear what provoked the shooting. Osafo, who was from Ghana, did not have a criminal record in Maryland, according to electronic court records.

Cox and Lee were arrested on Thursday and charged with first-degree murder, assault, and various handgun charges. They have been ordered held without bond.

Lee, of the 2900 block of Brighton St. and who is also known as Michael Turner, was convicted in December 2005 on burglary charges and sentenced to 10 years in prison, with all but three years suspended and the sentence date retroactive to January 2004.

Cox, of the 3000 block of Grayson St., was convicted of handgun charges in 2006 and received three years in prison. He was found not guilty of three counts of attempted first-degree murder in 2004.

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