Man, 37, arrested in Alabama and charged in teen's death

A 37-year-old Lansdowne man was arrested Wednesday in Alabama and charged in the death of an 18-year-old in Baltimore County, county police said Thursday.

Larry Horton faces charges of first-degree murder in the killing of Ryan Wesley Jackson, who police say was killed with a hatchet and found in a remote, wooded area of Curtis Bay on Saturday afternoon.

Jackson had last been seen Oct. 12, when he told his girlfriend that he was going to a home in the 700 block of Rambo Court. Three days later, and a day after reporting him missing to police, Jackson's family visited the home looking for him and were allowed inside by the man who leased the home, charging documents show.

There they saw blood on the floor, walls and ceiling, and called police, who obtained a search-and-seizure warrant, according to the documents. The carpet was wet and had recently been cleaned, and police said they found bloody curtains in a white trash bag. Two trash bags outside the home were found to contain a hatchet, empty bleach bottles and Jackson's wallet, police wrote in the documents.

The man renting the home said he had been allowing Horton to live with him in recent months, and said Horton had never before cleaned the carpets. Horton's mother also told police that her son had asked to borrow a carpet cleaner, court records show.

Jackson had been charged late last year with drug and handgun violations in Baltimore County. Horton's previous criminal record includes theft, drug possession and assault charges in four jurisdictions.

It's not clear how Jackson and Horton might have known each other.

"Our investigators are trying to determine how these people got embroiled together at this home on Rambo Court," said Elise Armacost, a county police spokeswoman.

Horton was arrested in Mobile County, Ala., after U.S. marshals found him at a motel in Bayou La Batre. He was being held pending extradition.

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