Two charged in killing Annapolis taxi driver in Crownsville

Bloody pants found in stolen car linked suspects to March 12 murder of Benjamin Kirby, prosecutors say

March 20, 2014|By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun

Two men have been arrested and charged in the shooting and robbery of an Annapolis taxi driver found dead in Crownsville earlier this month, prosecutors said.

Michael Juvan Wallace, 23, of Fort Meade, and Trevor Allen Snead, 17, of Faulkner, face murder, assault, armed robbery and other charges in the March 12 killing of Benjamin Delano Kirby, Jr., according to the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney.

Kirby, 41, was found with a gunshot wound in the head in a driveway near the intersection of Honeysuckle Lane and Generals Highway.

Snead, of the 9800 block of Sodus Manor Pl., was arrested in a series of burglaries in Davidsonville two days after the killing, prosecutors said. When police searched the stolen car he was driving, they found two .45 caliber handgun rounds and a pair of pants with blood on them that matched Kirby's, prosecutors said. Investigators also found latent fingerprints in the taxi they linked to Snead, prosecutors said.

Snead confessed that he and Wallace took the taxi from Annapolis to Crownsville, where he said Wallace shot and killed Kirby with a handgun Snead had stolen. The two pulled Kirby out of the cab and robbed him of a wad of cash before hiding the cab and running to a nearby gas station on Defense Highway, prosecutors said. The store's video cameras showed Wallace buying sodas with what appeared to be Kirby's money while wearing jeans still stained with his blood, prosecutors said.

Wallace, also known as Wallace Jenkins, of the 2900 block of 2nd Army Drive, faces 12 charges in all, including first- and second-degree murder, assault, armed robbery and several handgun violations. Snead faces first- and second-degree murder, armed robbery, illegal handgun and use of a handgun in commission of a felony, along with charges from the burglaries.

Neither had an attorney listed in online court records.

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