A Severn homicide victim and her alleged killer were involved in a drug deal that erupted in gunfire two days before the woman was found dead, court records show.
Anne Arundel County Police announced Tuesday they’d arrested a Glen Burnie man for the fatal stabbing of Jasmine Sherel Adams, 29, of Severn, on Aug. 15, 2018. She was a mother of two, who the morning of her killing messaged an acquaintance saying she was afraid she would be killed.
Dominic Richard Sanchez, 39, of Glen Burnie, has been charged with first- and second-degree murder and first- and second-degree assault, according to online court records. Police served his arrest warrant at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center, where he was being held without bond on attempted murder charges stemming from an Aug. 13, 2018 shooting in Glen Burnie.
In charging documents, police connect the two incidents — drug deal gone bad and Adams’ stabbing death two days later.
Sanchez did not have an attorney listed for the murder charges. Bridget Elis, the public defender representing Sanchez on the attempted murder charges, could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.
Officers responded to the 1800 block of Hawk Court Aug. 15, 2018, after Adams’ father discovered her dead in the basement. Police arrived to find Adams’ dead body with apparent stab wounds. In an autopsy, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled her death a homicide caused by “numerous sharp force injuries.”
Two days earlier, county police responded to Baltimore Washington Medical Center when a man drove himself and parked in the ambulance bay after being shot in the right side of his chest, according to court records. The gunshot victim told officers he was involved in a drug deal, when the man he was going to sell marijuana to pulled a gun and shot him.
After extensive investigation — search warrants for cell phones and more — detectives identified Sanchez as the perpetrator, according to charging documents. Police didn’t arrest Sanchez until February. He was charged with attempted first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, online records detail.
The 39-year-old was also charged with using a firearm in the commission of a felony violent crime, firearm possession after being convicted of a violent felony, illegally possessing a regulated firearm and having a handgun on his person, online court records show.
Those charges were likely recommended by the Maryland Gun Center, who police contacted after determining Sanchez was their suspect, according to charging documents. Investigators with that branch of Maryland State Police told county officers Sanchez was legally barred from possessing firearms since 1998 because of a host of criminal convictions — chief among them his pleading guilty to second-degree murder in Baltimore City Circuit Court in 2000.
A trial for Sanchez’s charges related to the Glen Burnie shooting is slated to begin July 9. He pleaded not guilty to all counts.
According to court records related to Sanchez’ recent murder charges, Adams’ arranged the drug deal between Sanchez and the man he’s accused of shooting and leaving in critical condition. Adams and one other person were the only two that knew Sanchez shot the man in Glen Burnie, according to the charging documents.
Detectives obtained search warrants for the cell phones of the gunshot victim, Adams and Sanchez, police wrote in charging documents. With the information their cell phone records revealed, detectives pieced together the events of Aug. 13-15, 2018.
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Adams, police wrote, arranged the drug deal by connecting the victim and Sanchez. The victim and Sanchez met for the transaction, at which point Sanchez shot him and fled, police wrote.
Police also located a person — who they did not identify — that exchanged messages with Adams the morning she was found dead. The messages, police wrote, indicated Adams “was afraid” Sanchez would kill her because of her role and knowledge of the Aug. 13 shooting.
Adams sent her last message to the person she’d been communicating with on the fateful morning at 5:39 a.m., police wrote. The person sent additional messages around 6:20 a.m., but got no response.
It turns out, court records show, that Adams wasn’t the only person that feared for his or her life because of Sanchez’ behavior. Sanchez’ own mother applied for a protective order against Sanchez five days after he allegedly stabbed Adams to death, according to court records.
“My son who is currently estranged from me (due to drug abuse, illegal behavior in the streets) banged on my door yelling for me to come out,” his mother wrote in an application for court protection, explaining his arriving at her doorstep Aug. 19, 2018. She cited Sanchez’s previous murder conviction in Baltimore. “I am afraid for me and my grandchildren,” she wrote.
Sanchez’ mother added in writing that she believed her son had turned to “street drugs” instead of those prescribed to him by an outpatient mental health clinic.
A judge denied her order two days after she applied, saying her application hadn’t shown a pattern of behavior.