A Randallstown teenager pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Tuesday in the fatal stabbing of a pizza deliveryman, and prosecutors said although he was not the killer, he helped lure the victim to the Severn home where he was robbed and killed.
Prosecutors said Darrius Lynne Bullock, 19, told police that he only saw that his cousin Tavon Rudolph Brown had a knife after the two had beaten and robbed the 46-year-old deliveryman on Dec. 18. Anne Arundel County prosecutor Kelly Poma told county Circuit Judge Paul F. Harris that a lie-detector test showed Bullock was telling the truth.
Ghulam Farooq of Woodlawn was killed in the incident and found by a passer-by in the 1700 block of Meade Village Circle. Police found a pizza box and a sub on top of his car. They used the phone number on the box — used by Pizza Boli to identify the order — to find out who owned the cell phone from which the order was placed, Poma said. The owner lived in the Meade Village complex.
Poma said Bullock and Brown, 19, of no fixed address, planned the robbery. She said that after several lies, Bullock told police that he borrowed the phone from another cousin in Meade Village, where the two had been staying, to place a Pizza Boli order. When Farooq made the delivery, Bullock punched Farooq and took his cash and keys, she said.
Bullock was about to leave when he saw Brown had a knife, and then ran. Brown later told him "that he had stabbed the victim," Poma said.
Brown is scheduled to be tried a few days after Bullock's sentencing Oct. 6.
Under the plea agreement, Poma will seek a sentence for Bullock of between 10 and 21 years, the sentencing guidelines range. Defense lawyer Harry Trainor will ask Harris to recommend his client for a program for youths at Patuxent Institution.