A 16-year-old former starting quarterback at Broadneck High in Anne Arundel County was charged yesterday with murdering a rival suitor and burying him under a pile of leaves in a Cape St. Claire back yard.
Brian Arthur Tate of the 600 block of Broad Neck Road was charged as an adult with first-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Jerry Lee Haines. Police said the victim had been stepping out of a car in front of his home in the 1100 block of Summit Drive, Cape St. Claire, about 11 p.m. Monday when he was stabbed to death.
The suspect was being held yesterday at Anne Arundel County Detention Center without bond. He is scheduled to have a District Court bail hearing today.
Homicide Detective Keith Williams said Mr. Haines had been dating a 16-year-old sophomore at Broadneck Senior High School who had previously dated the suspect for several months.
Detective Williams said young Tate had been harassing Mr. Haines and the girl for the past several weeks. "He would scream and yell obscenities . . . whenever he saw them," the Anne Arundel police detective said. "He let his hatred be known for the victim."
Saturday night, in front of the girl's home, the youth threatened to "kill Jerry and cut his throat," according to charging documents filed in Annapolis District Court yesterday. A police spokeswoman, Officer Terry Robey, said the suspect had warned Mr. Haines to stay away from the girl.
About 10:30 Monday night, Mr. Haines dropped his girlfriend off at her home, a short distance from his own house, and saw the Tate youth drive past.
Detective Williams said the youth allegedly parked near Mr. Haines' home and "laid in wait."
When Mr. Haines got out of his car, he was assaulted and stabbed with a kitchen knife, Detective Williams said.
Police found Mr. Haines' hat, car keys and some cigarettes just outside his car. Charging documents say Mr. Haines was stabbed several times in the back and received cuts on his neck.
Some neighbors reported hearing screams and watching from their windows as a man dragged what looked like a body about 50 feet to the back yard of a home on Summit Drive.
Police found Mr. Haines' body in a pile of leaves in the back yard of a home across the street from his house. Detectives also found the knife there.
The suspect transferred last month from Broadneck High School to Mount St. Joseph's High School, a private Catholic school in Baltimore. Principal Charles Reiter said he was a junior and had been attending classes there for two weeks.
Young Tate had been the starting quarterback for Broadneck's football team, but was benched midseason after the team began performing poorly. His father, Arthur, is the team's assistant coach.
A Mount St. Joseph's employee said the elder Tate transferred his son to the all-male school because the youth was having problems with a girl.
Because he was so big for his age, the employee said, other students thought young Tate was an undercover narcotics detective. The employee added that the elder Tate called the school yesterday morning and said his son would not be in because he was sick and was vomiting.
The Tate family declined to comment yesterday afternoon. A man describing himself as a family friend said the parents "were deeply troubled. It would be nice if people would back off."
Mr. Haines, who lived with his two brothers and his mother, dropped out of Broadneck Senior High School in April, Principal Lawrence Knight said. Mr. Haines served three months in jail last year for shooting a cow with a .357 Magnum handgun in Davidsonville.
Mr. Knight said students at Broadneck learned of the case yesterday afternoon, mainly from a group who returned from a field trip and had stopped to pick up a local paper. He said counselors will be on hand today to help students.
"Tomorrow [Wednesday] will be a very hard day," Mr. Knight said, adding that the girl did not attend classes yesterday.