Teen-ager indicted on murder charge in officer's death


A teen-ager was indicted by a Baltimore grand jury yesterday on a charge of first-degree murder in a fatal collision involving his Ford Bronco and a police cruiser during a high-speed chase after a shooting April 20, the city state's attorney said last night.

State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy said three indictments were returned against Eric Darcel Stennett, 17, in the death of Southwestern District Officer Kevon M. Gavin. Stennett also was indicted on charges of attempted first-degree murder in the shooting at a man that night that led to the chase and the crash, and with committing a felony while wearing a bulletproof vest.

Prosecutors said the Bronco accelerated to at least 95 mph immediately before the crash.

Stennett will not face the death penalty, Jessamy said.

Maryland does not apply the death penalty to those younger than 18. No trial date has been set.

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