In Baltimore CityNo suspect in death of...


In Baltimore City

No suspect in death of boy, 15, shot in botched robbery

Homicide detectives said they had no suspect yesterday in the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old Patterson High School freshman Friday night a few blocks from his Northeast Baltimore home.

Police said Darien Ward of the 4500 block of Furley Ave. -- who played football at Patterson -- was the victim of a botched robbery when he was shot about 10 p.m. near Belair Road and Seidel Avenue.

"He was a good student. He had a clean record and had no brushes with the law," Homicide Detective Christopher Bieling said. "It's a shame. He was an innocent victim."

Cherry Hill youth in custody after shooting death of teen

A 17-year-old Cherry Hill youth was in custody yesterday in connection with the early morning shooting death of another teen after an argument about girls, city police said.

Police said the shooting happened about 2: 15 a.m. at the home of the suspect in the 3200 block of Gulfport Drive. Officers arrived to find the other youth, Raymond Antonio Graham, 17, of the 1100 block of North Ave., dead at the scene.

No charge had been lodged last night.

In Carroll

Prosecutors plan to seek death penalty in two killings

WESTMINSTER -- Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty against a Westminster man charged with killing his mother and stepfather in their county home late last month.

Carroll State's Attorney Jerry F. Barnes said Gary D. Starnes' case qualifies for the death penalty because he is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in slayings committed during the same incident.

Police arrested Starnes, 48, at Carroll County General Hospital on Wednesday night. He had checked himself into the psychiatric ward Dec. 29, the day police found the bodies of his mother, Barbara Garrity, a retired state police secretary, and her husband, Joseph Garrity, 68, a former Baltimore police officer, in separate bathtubs.

In West Virginia

Charges dismissed in kidnapping case

CHARLESTON -- Federal charges against a Maryland adoption lawyer accused of kidnapping a baby from a West Virginia restaurant have been dismissed because of insufficient evidence, authorities announced Friday.

James Aaron Shrybman, 48, was charged with kidnapping 2-month-old Ryan Zachary Stull from his parents, Mark and Candace Stull of Parkersburg, on Oct. 31 and taking the child to Maryland.

The Stulls told police the incident occurred as they were trying to suspend negotiations with the Takoma Park lawyer over Ryan's adoption. The child has been returned to his parents. Federal prosecutors charged Shrybman on Nov. 10 with kidnapping the child and transporting him across state lines.

Pub Date: 1/10/99

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