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Glen Burnie man charged with murder and robbery


A 20-year-old Glen Burnie man was being held without bond yesterday, charged in the shooting death of a Pasadena man during an apparent robbery attempt Saturday outside the Valley Brook apartment complex.

Rodney Lawrence Conyer of the 100 block of Faywood Court, Valley Brook, was held at the county Detention Center yesterday on charges of murder and armed robbery. A bail review hearing is scheduled this afternoon in District Court in Annapolis.

The charges stem from Saturday's slaying of James William Helphenstine of the 1100 block of Wharf Drive in Pasadena.

Investigators said Mr. Helphenstine, 37, was outside an apartment building in the 7800 block of Southampton Drive about 4 a.m. when he was shot in the chest.

Detectives said they believe the motive for the shooting was robbery.

An unidentified woman drove Mr. Helphenstine to the emergency room at North Arundel Hospital, a source familiar with the incident said. The woman told nurses that she did not know Mr. Helphenstine's name and left the hospital.

Mr. Helphenstine was in cardiac arrest when he arrived at the hospital and he died about 4:45 a.m.

Witnesses to the shooting told police that they saw two men leaving the area in a white Chevrolet. Investigators searched the area for the suspects, one of whom was said to be wearing light blue bib overall shorts.

Mr. Conyer fit the description of one of the gunmen, according to Capt. Richard Smith, head of the county police Criminal Investigation Division.

Detectives who searched Mr. Conyer's home Sunday said they found a pair of light blue bib overall shorts.

Mr. Conyer turned himself in to police at the Northern District station at 2 p.m. Captain Smith said investigators had not identified the second assailant in the shooting.

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