DNA leads to second arrest in abduction, fatal shooting

February 02, 2010

A DNA match led police to make a second arrest in the abduction and murder of a 24-year-old man found shot to death in a West Baltimore alley last April, according to court records. Aaron J. Davis, 24, faces 23 criminal charges in connection with the death of Qonta Waddell, who was hogtied and carried away from his mother's home by two men with handguns. Waddell was later found shot to death in the 3100 block of Windsor Ave. Charging documents say the men took $3,000 from Waddell and drove him around the city trying to scrounge up more cash. They eventually took $5,000 from a safe and had him make a phone call to secure $50,000 in ransom money, records show. In May, Sherman Anderson was charged in the crime. Police recently received word that DNA collected from the scene had been matched to Davis, who according to police gave a taped confession admitting to his role in Waddell's abduction but denying that he was present for the shooting. Anderson is scheduled to go to trial Feb. 25 in Baltimore Circuit Court.

- Justin Fenton

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