Severn man charged with murder in road-rage killing

26-year-old arrested in Aug. 6 shooting, car crash

August 18, 2010|By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun

A 26-year-old Severn man has been charged with murder and other crimes in a killing that police believe was prompted by road rage.

James William King, who has an extensive record of traffic violations and other offenses, was arrested Tuesday night at his home in the 800 block of Crest Hill Drive, according to a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County police. King was charged with first-degree murder, assault, reckless endangerment and two other counts, and was being held without bail at the Jennifer Road Detention Center.

"It appears that the motive is possibly road rage," said the spokesman, Justin Mulcahy, who noted that an investigation of the shooting remains in progress.

Officers were summoned to Telegraph Road and Route 100 on Aug. 6 in response to a report about a shooting and a vehicle accident, he said. Police found Calvin Chi Man Yeung, a 40-year-old resident of Severn, with a bullet wound in the upper body.

Police determined that Yeung had been shot while sitting in his car at a traffic signal. After the shooting, Yeung's vehicle traveled through the intersection, crossed over the southbound lanes of Telegraph Road and struck the support wall of the Route 100 overpass, Mulcahy said.

Yeung was taken by ambulance to the Baltimore Washington Medical Center, where he died of his injuries. Mulcahy said that it had yet to be determined whether Yeung's death was the result of the shooting or the crash.

Court records show dozens of cases in which King was accused of traffic violations and other offenses. His drivers license appears to have been suspended repeatedly, including at the time of the Aug. 6 shooting, and the record shows several times when he failed to appear in court as scheduled.

Two days before Yeung was shot, King was fined $25 for failing to wear his seat belt, a violation that shows up at least half a dozen times on his record. In May, he was pulled over twice for that offense in the space of three days. He has several more citations for allowing a child in his car to travel without a belt.

In April 2009, he was found guilty of driving while suspended and was sentenced to 60 days in jail. King's record also shows several instances of driving without properly functioning equipment, speeding and failing to carry his vehicle registration.

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