Suspect in Edgewood shooting arrested

March 22, 2012|AEGIS STAFF REPORT

The man sought in connection with a shooting in Edgewood Monday afternoon was arrested Wednesday and is being held without bail at the Harford County Detention Center.

Neal Turner, 27, of the 1800 block of Brookside Drive in Edgewood, was taken into custody without incident Wednesday in the Abingdon area, the Harford County Sheriff's Office said in a news release late Wednesday.

Turner was being held without bail on charges of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and use of a firearm in a felony violent crime, according to the sheriff's office. Harford County District Court Judge Lawrence Lanahan continued to hold Turner without bail after his bail review hearing Thursday afternoon.

The issue of bail could be re-addressed at Turner's preliminary hearing on April 19, Lanahan said, but he added he could not see a different result even then.

Turner was wanted in conjunction with the shooting in the 1700 block of Fountain Rock Way in Edgewood.

The victim, identified by the sheriff's office as Emmanuel Obguli, 22, of the 1800 block of Eloise Lane in Edgewood, was shot in the torso after an argument and fight involving several individuals, including a man who investigators believe was the shooter, the sheriff's office said in an earlier news release.

Monica Worrell, spokesperson for the sheriff's office, said earlier that investigators didn't believe the shooting was random.

Obguli was transported to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore by Maryland State Police Medevac helicopter. He had been listed in serious but stable condition at shock trauma Tuesday, but a further update on his condition was not available Thursday evening.

At Turner's bail review hearing Thursday, Public Defender Lynne McChrystal requested a bail to be set, pointing out that Turner has a daughter due in June, has been in Maryland most of his life and has only failed to appear for one court date.

Assistant State's Attorney Donald Walter asked for Turner to remain held without bail, saying Turner has a "history of sexual offenses" and that the alleged events in these particular charges are "serious" and "reprehensible." Turner is a "most extreme danger to the community," Walter added.

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