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 in Cape St. Claire, about 11 p.m. Monday when he was stabbed to death.
The suspect was being held at Anne Arundel County Detention Center without bond for a bail review 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 that in the past several weeks Tate "would scream and yell obscenities . . . whenever he saw" Mr. Haines and the girl.
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.
Detective Williams said the Tate youth allegedly parked near Mr. Haines' home and "laid in wait."
When Mr. Haines got out of his car, he was assaulted and stabbed three times with a kitchen knife, the detective said.
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 Catholic school in Baltimore.
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.
The Tate family declined to comment.
Mr. Haines, who lived with his two brothers and his mother, dropped out of Broadneck in April, Principal Lawrence Knight said.