Laurel police have arrested a second person in connection with the March 16 death of Laurel resident and former FBI investigator Scott Horn.
Police arrested 42-year-old Jason Allen Byrd, of Westminster, on Monday. Byrd is charged with first- and second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and the use of a handgun in an act of violence, according to a statement from Laurel Police Chief Richard McLaughlin.
Horn's estranged wife, Anne Reed Allen, was arrested on June 30 with the same charges.
Byrd is an acquaintance of Allen's, according to Laurel police. Detectives said Byrd is a handyman and was performing some contractual work on Horn's properties, including the Patuxent Road property where Horn was found dead on March 16. According to Atlas Public Records, Horn owned seven properties throughout the city of Laurel.
Allen and Byrd have a platonic relationship, according to Allen's attorney Andrew Jezic. Jezic referred to the two as "work friends," and maintained his client's innocence, claiming that the case against Allen is "weak."
Debra Saltz, a defense attorney who will be joining Byrd's legal team alongside Clark Ahlers, said that Byrd is "totally innocent," and that he had nothing to do with Horn's death.
Saltz also said that any notion of a romantic relationship between Byrd and Allen is "false."
Horn's death was ruled a homicide, and police identified both Allen and Byrd as suspects, McLaughlin said in the statement released Tuesday. Laurel Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division worked with the assistance of Prince George's County Police Department's Homicide Unit to arrest Byrd and Allen, both of whom are currently being held at Prince George's Correctional Facility.
Laurel Police Chief Richard McLaughlin said the investigation of a "suspicious death" March 16 on Patuxent Road in Laurel is being conducted through criminal investigations, as police await autopsy results.
Horn, 62, was found dead in his yard by police around 9 p.m., with "major trauma" to his upper body.
A family member said Horn was among the FBI investigators during the 2002 sniper attacks across Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., that left 10 people dead and another three injured. Two men, John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, began their shooting spree in October 2002 in Aspen Hill and were arrested more than three weeks later at a rest stop along Interstate 70 in Myersville.
An FBI spokeswoman confirmed that Horn was a former employee.
The investigation into Horn's death is still ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Laurel Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division at 301-498-8002.