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Police charge teen as adult in death of Baltimore man

Baltimore police charged a 17-year-old boy as an adult in the killing of a man last month in what detectives said was a dispute over drugs.

Kenneth Taylor, 48, was found fatally shot in the head three times inside his 2003 Mercedes sport utility vehicle about noon Dec. 9 in the 2500 block of McHenry St. in Southwest Baltimore. Inside his car, officers said they found two cellphones, counterfeit clothing, shoes, hats and DVDs, as well as small amounts of marijuana, according to a statement of probable cause.

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Police say Taylor sold the counterfeit items from his car using a cellphone to connect with customers. On one of his cellphones was a contact named "Freeky Good." This person and Taylor exchanged text messages when Taylor was trying to collect money for marijuana he had sold, police said. "Freeky Good" told Taylor that he had been arrested and that police had taken his money.

The text messages continued for two days until Dec. 8, police said. Then, they said, Taylor began calling "Freeky Good" as well as another number listed in his phone that belonged to someone he had named "Freeky 3."

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Detectives noticed that after Taylor was killed, the calls from both "Freeky Good" and "Freeky 3" stopped. A judge signed search warrants for the location of the cellphones, and detectives were able to zero in on the last connected call to Taylor, police said.

Baltimore police Detective Frank Miller went to the home the phone was registered under in the first block of Frederick Avenue and spoke with Tyriq Bowden, 17. Bowden gave Miller his cellphone number, as requested, and police said they noticed Bowden had a second phone — a black flip phone.

Police took everyone at the home in for questioning while detectives obtained a search warrant. They recovered two cellphones and a Hi-Point .380-caliber gun from the house, the police report said.

Bowden, police said, initially denied knowing Taylor, but "ultimately confessed to knowing the victim and ... selling marijuana for the victim."

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Police said a firearms test came back matching the gun found in Bowden's home to cartridge casings found in Taylor's car.

Detectives charged Bowden as an adult; he faces first- and second-degree murder, assault and gun charges. No attorney was listed in court records for Bowden.

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