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Four indicted in North Laurel drug deal shooting

The four southern Howard County residents charged in the fatal shooting of a Laurel man in his pickup truck in North Laurel last month were indicted on first-degree murder charges Wednesday.

The indicted are: Desmick Jermario Lewis, 22, of the 7000 block of Talisman Lane in Columbia; Amanda Nicole McAdoo, 18, of the 9500 block of Park Avenue in Laurel; Lauren Elizabeth Maready, 18, of the 12800 block of Lime Kiln Road in Highland; and Taylor King Pepe, 19, of the 8300 block of Sand Cherry Lane in Laurel. 

All four were indicted Wednesday of first-degree murder, armed robbery, conspiracy and gun charges by a Howard County grand jury.

The four are implicated in the Jan. 23 shooting death of Russell Elbert Rowe, 24, of Main Street in Laurel in what Howard County police said appears to be a drug robbery gone wrong.

Rowe was found shot multiple times in the head his pickup truck, which struck a tree in front of a home on Sewall Avenue in North Laurel, police said. He was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died three days later, police said.

According to the documents, police believe Rowe was targeted by the four, who planned to rob him at gunpoint of four Oxycodone pills, valued at approximately $120.

The following sequence of events is derived from the charging documents:

At 9:57 p.m. that evening, a resident living in the 9400 block of Sewall Road reported a pickup truck had driven into a tree on his front lawn. First responders from Howard County's Department of Fire and Rescue Services arrived and found Rowe alone in the driver's seat.

First responders also observed a series of small holes in the driver-side window, which police officers confirmed to be bullet holes. 

Police officers investigating the shooting learned a witness saw two people, a man and a woman, near the scene of the crash. The witness said the woman was yelling at the man, who had a handgun. The pair fled in a car, the witness told police.

Officers searched the pickup and found a cellphone belonging to Rowe. On the phone were 120 text messages exchanged between a phone officers traced to McAdoo. 

The text message exchange, which began at 4 p.m. that day, was initiated by McAdoo, who was looking to buy drugs off Rowe. Police used phone records to link the three others charged to the crime. 

Investigators interviewed McAdoo on Jan. 25, when she told police the four planned to rob Rowe. 

McAdoo told police she and Lewis, who had the gun, approached Rowe's car and attempted to rob Rowe. As Rowe attempted to drive off, Lewis allegedly fired one shot into the car, according to the charging documents. 

All four then fled, according to the documents. 

Police said they also interviewed Maready, who corroborated McAdoo's story except she allegedly told police Lewis fired the gun twice, according to the documents.  

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