A convicted sex offender accused this week of kidnapping and sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy was charged last night with the murder of an 11-year-old boy last December. Earlier homicide charges in last year's case had been dropped for lack of evidence.
Detective D. Martin Disney said last night that, after a lengthy interview, Warren C. Berry, 30, was charged with the murder of Michael Shawn Gasque.
Police acknowledged for the first time that the 11-year-old had been sexually assaulted before he was killed.
Berry, released from prison in January 1991 after serving 11 years of a 15-year sentence for a sex offense, had been in custody since Wednesday -- charged with kidnapping, sodomy,
a third-degree sex offense, and assault and battery against a Northeast Baltimore boy who authorities say he had befriended and taken into his home in the 5900 block of Radecke Ave.
Michael Gasque's body was found Dec. 18, 1992, in an abandoned shed in woods near his Edmondson Village home.
Berry was arrested on unrelated drug and handgun charges the day the body was found, and he was charged with murder the next day. Attempts to link him to physical evidence from the crime scene were not successful, however, and the murder charges were dropped and Berry was freed in March.
Berry was being held without bail last night at the Central District lockup.