A missing Baltimore man whose body was found on the Eastern Shore last week was fatally stabbed in Baltimore County while he was with friends, who later moved his body, court documents show.
Damon Jennings, 22, a fashion stylist, was reported last seen on Oct. 15 with friends leaving a restaurant in Baltimore County, and was missing for two weeks before his body was found Friday on a rural roadside in Eden, south of Salisbury.
Those friends have now been charged in his killing. Elijah Carroll, 22, and Jazzmine Morton, 21, are charged with first-degree murder and they are being held without bond in Baltimore County. State police said a third person, Kevin Nixon, 22, was charged with accessory after the fact to second-degree murder and is being held in Somerset County on $100,000 bond.
In court documents, police wrote that a wire transfer receipt in Nixon's name was found with Jennings' body. Nixon told investigators that the group was together when Carroll asked Nixon to pull over his vehicle in the area of Warren and Poplar Hill roads in Phoenix, Md.
Nixon told police that Carroll got out of the car and walked around the back of the vehicle for several minutes, charging documents show. Jennings then got out of the car and "made contact with Elijah at the rear of the vehicle."
"Kevin described hearing the victim yell, and then observing Elijah stab the victim in the chest and neck area causing the victim to fall to the ground," police wrote. "Kevin observed Elijah stab the victim one additional time in the head, killing the victim."
Carroll asked Nixon to help him move the body into nearby wooded area, which he did, he told police.
Jennings' body remained there until Oct. 25, when Nixon and Morton put it into his car and dumped it on the Somerset County roadside.
Police said they searched Morton's residence and found a muddy pair of shoes and a bloody towel. A search of Carroll's residence located a muddy hat "consistent with the hat that the victim was wearing the last day he was seen."
Police said the group was involved in an event promotion business, but they do not know a motive for the killing. At 9 p.m. of the last night he was seen, Jennings tweeted, "Tonight was a good night. Sealed in a client!!!!!!!!! Them numbers about to be looking good."
Jennings also worked at the Horsehoe Casino, where colleagues were mourning his death.
None of the three people charged in the killing have prior criminal records, and attorneys were not listed in court records.
Morton was initially charged with accessory after the fact, but a District Court commissioner who reviewed the application for charges upgraded the charges to first-degree murder and assault, according to state police spokeswoman Elena Wendell-Russo.
On Morton's Twitter page, a post from Oct. 21 read, "Damon's car has been found in the Pikesville area. PLEASE, if you see him or have any tips, contact authorities."
Two days before police now say Morton helped move Jennings' body, she posted: "I wonder what came up in Google searches for 'how to get away with murder' before the show started," followed by a laughing emoticon.