Suspect in killing of dentist convicted in unrelated murder

A 34-year-old man charged with killing a well-known dentist in his Glen Burnie office was convicted on Monday in a separate murder — the fatal shooting of a man in Baltimore over a $150 debt, according to the city state's attorney's office.

A jury found Dante Jeter guilty of first-degree murder and two handgun violations. He is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 10 and faces a maximum penalty of life plus 23 years in prison.

Prosecutors said Jeter and two other people went into an abandoned house to smoke marijuana on May 4, 2008. Before they entered, prosecutors said in a statement, Jeter drew a .45-caliber handgun and shot Tyrone Freeman in the back of the head, saying Freeman owed him money.

Jeter is set to go on trial in Anne Arundel County in September with his cousin, Shontay Denise Hickman, in the 2006 killing of dentist Albert Woonho Ro, who maintained offices in Glen Burnie and Lutherville. They face the possibility of being sentenced to life without parole if convicted of first-degree murder and related charges in the death of the dentist, who was a member of a prominent family in the area's Korean community.

Ro's body was found in his Chatham Executive Office Park office, his face bludgeoned, and police have said in court he may have been tortured before he was killed.

Police did not make arrests until last year, after a fingerprint found in Ro's office led police to Jeter. Authorities have said Hickman, who worked for Ro, was suspected of stealing about $14,000 from Ro's practice, and his relatives said that Ro was alerted shortly before his death to patients' payments that seemed to be missing.

Baltimore Sun reporter Andrea F. Siegel contributed to this article.

  • Text NEWS to 70701 to get Baltimore Sun local news text alerts
  • Copyright © 2018, The Baltimore Sun, a Baltimore Sun Media Group publication | Place an Ad