Teenager arrested in Halloween homicide

Sterlin C. Matthews, 17, charged with first-degree murder of 16-year-old in Halethorpe; two others also shot, expected to survive

November 11, 2010|By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun

A 17-year-old boy was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder in the Halloween shooting of another teenager in Halethorpe, the Baltimore County State's Attorney's Office said.

Sterlin C. Matthews was being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center after his arrest in the killing of 16-year-old Daquan T. Burks, according to Garret Glennon, chief of the Circuit Court Division in the prosecutor's office.

Burks was shot in the back on the night of Oct. 31 outside a rowhouse on Twin Circle Way. Glennon said two other people, Trekwan Woodard and Imean Shaheed, were also shot and were expected to survive.

Police found Burks, of Baltimore's Lakeland neighborhood, lying on the sidewalk in front of the house. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A probable-cause affidavit says Burks and his companions were part of a group from Cherry Hill who were trick-or-treating in Riverview. As they crossed a footbridge toward Baltimore Highlands, they were followed by several men, one of whom eventually opened fire.

Matthews, the alleged shooter, was identified as having been wearing a "Hellraiser" mask with protruding nails. He was arrested Tuesday morning at his home on North Bentalou Street in West Baltimore.

Witnesses who spoke to the police about the incident were not named in the affidavit because they feared retaliation, a detective wrote in the document.

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