Sentence closes 23-year-old murder case Man is given 2 decades for killing woman in front of son when culprit was 14


Baltimore police closed a 23-year-old case when a man was sentenced last week for a murder he committed when he was 14, Detective Scott Keller said yesterday.

Keller said Dean Antyon Alfred, 37, was sentenced July 3 to 20 years in prison for the second-degree murder of Virginia Fox, 37, who was fatally shot in front of her 11-year-old son during a purse-snatching in the 1100 block of Argonne Drive on April 18, 1974.

Baltimore Circuit Judge Evelyn O. Cannon also gave Alfred concurrent sentences of 10 years for armed robbery and five years for using a handgun in the commission of a felony, Keller said.

Keller of the cold case squad said resolution of the case began in June 1996 when a man walked into a Miami police station and told an officer he wanted to talk about a murder he committed in 1974.

After Alfred's confession was taped, Miami police let him go because he was not wanted for a crime in Florida. But a copy of the confession was sent to Baltimore homicide detectives.

On the strength of the taped confession, police issued a warrant on Jan. 28 charging Alfred with first-degree murder.

Keller said that after Alfred left Florida, he lived with relatives in Early Branch, S.C., before returning to this area.

In March, Baltimore County police arrested Alfred on a war- rant for failure to appear in court for a minor crime.

"When we learned through police information that Alfred was locked up in Towson, we placed a detainer on him," Keller said.

On April 8, Alfred was convicted of the county offense and sent to the Baltimore County Detention Center in Towson, where Keller and Detective William Cole interviewed him about the Fox murder.

Keller said Alfred was held in the county jail until July 3 when he was sentenced for the Fox murder.

Keller has talked with Robert Fox, who witnessed his mother's murder.

"He's living in San Francisco, California, and is still very much upset about his mother's death," Keller said. "Hearing three gunshots and seeing your mother dying on the pavement is not an easy thing to forget."

Pub Date: 7/10/97

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