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Abingdon man convicted of killing roommate, dumping body in Susquehanna

An Abingdon man was found guilty Tuesday of first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the January stabbing death of his roommate, Edward W. Hayden III, whose body was dumped in the Susquehanna River.

A Harford County Circuit Court jury returned guilty verdicts against Sean Turkot, 29, following a trial before Judge Yolanda Curtin that began Nov. 30, according to Harford State's Attorney Joseph Cassilly. Turkot had pleaded not guilty to both charges.

A sentencing date has not been scheduled. Cassilly said Turkot faces the possibility of a sentence of life without parole.

Evidence presented in the trial was that Turkot was jealous of Hayden's relationship with Turkot's ex-girlfriend, Cassilly said in statement. Turkot planned the murder and killed Hayden on Jan. 4 in an Abingdon apartment shared by Turkot, Hayden and the girlfriend, he said.

A second man, Alexander William Smoot, 30, of Forest Hill, faces the same charges for allegedly carrying out the killing with Turkot. According to court records, Smoot is scheduled be tried in Harford Circuit Court beginning Jan. 12.

Smoot did not testify at the Turkot trial, Cassilly said.

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According to Cassilly, Hayden's body was wrapped in a blanket and blue tarp and dropped in the Susquehanna River near Susquehanna State Park.

Hayden, who was 28, was reported missing by a friend. Deputies from the Harford County Sheriff's Office took the report and later searched Hayden and Turkot's apartment, where they found a large pool of blood in the bedroom and signs of a struggle.

According to Cassilly, Turkot later admitted his role in killing to investigators and told them where Hayden's body could be found. The body was recovered from the river near Rock Run Mill north of Havre de Grace on the morning of Jan. 5. Hayden suffered fatal head and neck injuries, Cassilly said.

The case was investigated by Det. Tammy Burns and Det. Larry DiFazio of the Harford County Sheriff's Office and was prosecuted by Deputy State's Attorney Diane Adkins Tobin and Assistant State's Attorney R. Cameron Legg.

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