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Youth, 14, held without bail in slaying


A 14-year-old East Baltimore youth was ordered held without bail yesterday after being charged as an adult with killing a woman Tuesday in an apparent street robbery, according to the police.

Detective Robert J. Bowman of the homicide unit said the youth, Leonard Rockwell of the 800 block of East Chase Street, had staked out the 1000 block of Valley Street -- a known drug trafficking area -- with two other youths seeking to rob someone.

About 10:30 p.m. Tuesday the three youths, all armed with handguns, accosted Mary Mazu Jackson, 47, of the 1000 block of Wilmot Court, and pulled her into the alley to rob her, Detective Bowman said.

Ms. Jackson resisted and was shot twice in the back. She was pronounced dead at the scene. No money was found on her body.

On Wednesday, the mother of one of the three youths called the police after her son told her what had happened and named a neighboring youth as the gunman, they said.

The Rockwell youth, a ninth-grade student at Lake Clifton High School, was then taken into custody and charged as an adult with first-degree murder and a handgun violation, Detective Bowman said.

A 15-year-old youth, who is a ninth-grade student at Patterson High School, was being questioned last night and charges are pending, he said.

A third suspect known only as "Tink" is still being sought.

The police said two .32-caliber handguns believed used in the attack have been recovered.

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