Arrest made in death of stepson of Baltimore attorney

Baltimore attorney Warren Brown and Donyelle Brown speak about an arrest in their son's killing. Louis "Cody" Young was shot and killed in Northwest Baltimore earlier this month. (Barbara Haddock Taylor/Baltimore Sun video)

Baltimore police on Monday announced an arrest in the death of the stepson of a prominent local defense attorney.

Louis Cody-Dorsey Young, the 22-year-old stepson of attorney Warren Brown, was fatally shot on July 1 outside a BP gas station in the 3300 block of Garrison Blvd. in Northwest Baltimore.


A warrant was issued for the arrest of Samuel Lee Cooper III in Young's death, police said. Cooper is already in custody, detained on charges from a separate July 11 incident, according to court records.

"We just want to thank the Police Department," Warren Brown said at a news conference Monday morning at his Mount Vernon law office. "They worked around the clock. … They've been very dogged and determined in their pursuit" of justice.


T.J. Smith, a police spokesman, said Monday that Cooper, of the 3100 block of Baker St., will be charged with first- and second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, first- and second-degree assault, conspiracy to commit assault, and multiple gun violations.

A man shot and killed outside a Baltimore gas station Saturday was the stepson of a prominent local defense attorney.

Smith said the arrest warrant had yet to be served as of Monday afternoon.

Cooper did not have an attorney listed in online court records.

Smith said police identified Cooper as one of the suspects with the assistance of Baltimore County police.

"This is a case that's still active and ongoing," Smith said. "Our detectives have a couple other persons of interest that we are continuing to build a case on, and hope that we have additional murder charges soon."

Smith said a Volkswagen Passat involved in the killing was linked to other crimes in the city, including carjackings.

He said detectives also are working to close other cases believed to be related to the suspects in question.

Police previously released surveillance footage from the gas station of two individuals before the killing. Brown offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people involved.

"It is clearly a group of individuals who are preying on people" at gas stations, where they are highly vulnerable outside their vehicles attempting to pump gas, Brown said.

Brown didn't know Cooper and said his stepson didn't know Cooper.

"It was just a crime of opportunity," Brown said.

Cooper was previously convicted of first-degree murder in 2008 and received a 25-year sentence with 18 years and 11 months suspended, court records show. He violated probation in April 2016 but did not receive any additional prison time, records show.


Brown called on role models to step up and mentor the next generation, to steer them away from crime.

Without positive intervention, he said, the city's young people will turn to crime if they have no other role models than "these gangbangers."

He said he and his wife want to help connect role models to children who need a positive influence in their lives.

"It's not a lot of time, necessarily. Sometimes it's just a glimpse, that's all these kids need. Just a glimpse of another life to counterbalance what they are seeing," Brown said.

His ex-wife, Donyelle Brown, who sat beside him at the news conference, also thanked police for "their tireless work and effort."

"I would never want to see another parent sit on this side of the table and lose a child senselessly. This is senseless," she said.

"We need a change."

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