A 17-year-old Charles County teenager faces multiple charges, including first-degree murder, second-degree murder, armed robbery, firearm use for a felony violent crime and handgun on a person for his alleged connection to the March 12 shooting death of a Crownsville cab driver. The charges initially stemmed, however, from a March 14 incident in which the 17-year-old was arrested for burglary. Police found the teenager reportedly hiding in a home after they responded to an emergency call about a break-in at a Governor Bridge Road area residence.
While investigating the burglary at the home, investigators discovered a truck at the scene that the teenager had reportedly stolen. During a subsequent search of the truck, investigators then found alleged evidence in the truck pertaining to the shooting of the cab driver, including a pair of pants with the cab driver's blood on them and .45 rounds of ammunition that were identified as similar to those found at the crime scene of the shooting. A latent fingerprint that was found on the driver's door of the taxi minivan reportedly also matched that of the teenagers.
According to police officials, during a later interview, the teenager allegedly confessed to participating in the shooting of the cab driver and also implicated a 23-year-old male accomplice. The accomplice was later arrested and taken into custody without incident.
Violent crimes such as murder and burglary can result in a lengthy prison sentence if a defendant is convicted. An experienced Maryland criminal attorney could assist a defendant and help to ensure that they are treated fairly throughout the legal process, while presenting a strong defense against the charges.
Source: WBAL TV 11, "2 men arrested in fatal shooting of Crownsville cab driver" Saliqa Kahn, Mar. 20, 2014