Anne Arundel County police charged a man Monday in connection to Sunday’s double homicide in Glen Burnie, only for the charges to be dropped the same day, according to court records.
Police applied for the charges — two counts each first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, and charges related to having a loaded handgun on his person or in a vehicle — located the man, brought him in for questioning and discovered exculpatory evidence, said Marc Limansky, Anne Arundel police spokesman.
The Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office dropped the charges citing insufficient evidence, court records show. The office declined to comment due to the active nature of the investigation.
“If and when we come across exculpatory information, regardless of at what point in the investigation it is received, we take steps to rectify the situation,” Limansky said.
Two men were shot and killed on the 300 block of Highland Drive Sunday in what police said they believed to be a “targeted attack.”
Police responded to a report of gunshots at an apartment complex in the 300 block of Highland Drive at about 5 p.m. Sunday, according to a release from the department. Officers found 20-year-old Antwon Elijah Queen, of Brooklyn, in the parking lot suffering from gunshot wounds, court records detail. Paramedics would pronounce him dead soon thereafter.
Officers then found Antwan Troy Briggs, 24, with no fixed address, in the laundry room inside the adjacent apartment building also with gunshot wounds, according to court records. Paramedics also pronounced Queen dead at the scene.
Court records detail that investigators found evidence in the laundry room that showed both victims were shot there.
Both of their deaths are being investigated as homicides pending autopsies, police wrote in an application for statement of charges.
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The statement details an “associate” of Briggs and Queen said they were meeting somebody for a drug deal.
Investigators, police wrote, talked to witnesses who were at the apartment complex when the shooting occurred. One witness told police they saw a male leave the laundry room and enter a silver vehicle that had been parked in front of the building, court records detail.
Another witness told police they were walking in an adjacent parking lot and saw Queen on the ground “in distress,” police wrote. That witness also told investigators they saw a silver vehicle traveling from the entrance of the apartment toward where Queen was laying on the ground, the statement details.
The second witness told investigators a man got out of the silver vehicle and began “to pat the victims clothing and pockets,” police wrote. The man, the witness told police, then walked back to the silver vehicle and left the scene.
One witness gave the license plate number of the silver vehicle to investigators and described a suspect, police wrote. The vehicle was registered to the man police later arrested, court records show.
Investigators showed a photo-lineup with an image of the man they later arrested to the first witness, who identified the man police arrested, the statement details.
The second witness gave the same description of the suspect to investigators as the first witness.