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Youth admits supplying gun used in slaying


A 16-year-old Lansdowne youth admitted in Anne Arundel County Juvenile Court yesterday that he gave a handgun to a friend who then used it to kill a rival suitor as the victim begged for his life.

Paul E. Carder of the 3100 block of Ryerson Circle was found delinquent -- the juvenile equivalent of guilty -- as an accessory before the fact to first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Raymond Childress IV, 19, of the 1200 block of Montgomery Drive May 16, 1994.

Judge Martin A. Wolff has set Carder's sentencing for May 8.

Because the matter is in juvenile court, Judge Wolff could commit Carder for an indefinite period. The release date would be determined by the Juvenile Services Administration.

Under Maryland law, Carder could be held until he is 21.

Judge Wolff already has sentenced Mark Anthony Wheelton, 17, of the 3200 block of Gorham Court in Lansdowne to life in prison for his role in the crime. Wheelton, the trigger man in the killing, was convicted of first-degree murder.

Wheelton admitted to police that he walked up to Mr. Childress about 11 p.m. at Hammerlee Road and Sunset Drive in Glen Burnie and fired one shot at Mr. Childress' head with a .25-caliber handgun he said he had borrowed 10 days earlier from Carder.

Just before the shooting, Mr. Childress had dropped off Kelly Parks, 18, of Glen Burnie, after a night of church bingo. Ms. Parks had broken off her relationship with Wheelton a month earlier, police said.

Assistant State's Attorney Michael O. Bergeson said Wheelton talked with Carder about killing Mr. Childress in the days before the shooting.

Carder originally was charged as an adult, but Judge Wolff waived his case to juvenile court Oct. 12, 1994, after his lawyers, T. Joseph Touhey and Thomas French, argued that his limited role in the killing and his limited mental capacities required a juvenile proceeding.

Melanie Thompson, Mr. Childress' mother, said yesterday that Carder should have been tried as an adult and kept behind bars for as long as possible.

"I realize that Paul wasn't the shooter, but that's not the point," she said. "The point is that if he hadn't supplied the gun, my son would still be walking around today."

She said the family is planning a memorial service next Wednesday at 10 a.m. Timothy Bavis, Mr. Childress' uncle, will plant a dogwood tree on the lawn of Old Mill High School.

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