An 18-year-old woman whose body was found decomposing behind an East Baltimore rowhome this month was killed over a drug-related dispute, according to charging documents.
Kozee Spriggs, who was first reported missing by her mother on June 8, had recently been in an altercation with Kevin Dudley, 38, after she did not return with his drugs and, or money at an agreed upon time, Baltimore Police detectives wrote in court documents, charging Dudley in her death.
Police wrote that Spriggs was killed just after 2 a.m. June 3. The discovery of her body on June 15 was one of 15 homicides reported in the city last week.
Spriggs’ mother filed a second missing person report on June 14. Spriggs’ mother told police that she then started receiving threatening text messages, the charging document said.
Homicide detectives took over the investigation on June 15, when an unidentified body was found in the backyard of a home in the 1300 block of Ensor St., near Greenmount Cemetery.
The unidentified body had a gunshot wound to the head. The victim was fully clothed, wearing a black shirt and pants, and a pair of white Puma sneakers with pink and blue trim, which matched the shoes that Spriggs was last seen wearing, the document said. The body was later identified through dental records as Spriggs.
Investigators found CCTV cameras that captured a red Chrysler sedan pulling into the alley next to the yard where her body was located. The footage was from June 3, when Spriggs last posted to social media, court records showed.
The camera footage showed two people getting out of the car, and a third person get out of the trunk. Two people were then seen walking to the backyard, the document said. Moments later, detectives wrote, one person is seen fleeing from the yard, and only two people get back into the car before it takes off.
Police later determine that the car is a rental that Dudley has been using since April, and detectives later saw it parked outside Dudley’s home on Glyndon Avenue in Pigtown
Police obtained search warrants on June 17 for Dudley’s home and the car, and SWAT team officers arrested him at his home.
Detectives interviewed Dudley at police headquarters where he initially denied being involved in the Spriggs’ disappearance. Detectives then showed Dudley a still photo taken from the CCTV footage of his vehicle at the crime scene, and Dudley admitted to having been there at the time Spriggs was killed along with a second, unidentified individual, the charging document said.
Dudley admitted being in the car with Spriggs and another individual, and driving from the scene after Spriggs was killed, the document said.
Dudley did not have an attorney listed in online court records.
It’s unclear if police have identified the second person the vehicle with Dudley, or if that person faces charges. Police spokesman detective Donny Moses said Monday that the investigation “is open and on-going. We will have more information as it becomes available and releasable.”