Two held in fatal shooting

August 27, 1997


Staff Writer

Two Hagerstown men were charged Tuesday evening in connection with the killing of a 25-year-old Waynesboro, Pa., man who was shot to death early Monday morning behind 23 E. Washington St.

Jerome Bernard Lockley, 18, of 203 Ross St., was arrested at Hagerstown City Police headquarters at 7:08 p.m. Tuesday shortly after an interview with Detectives Mark Renner and Wayne Shank.

In that interview, Lockley told police the shooting was an accident, police reports said.

Four hours after that interview, David Paul Paschall Sr., 23, of 44 1/2 E. Franklin St., was picked up in a vehicle in the first block of East Baltimore St.


Both men are charged with first-degree murder, felony murder, armed robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery, police said.

Bond was denied this morning on each man.

Matthew Roy Hovis, of 24 W. Main St., Apt. 4, was found lying face up in the parking lot to the rear of the Adult Book Store at 12:23 a.m. Monday, Hagerstown City Police said. He had been shot once in the head.

According to police reports, Lockley told police he and Paschall went to the parking lot to commit a robbery.

When the two suspects arrived, they first walked past the victim who was standing by his car, police reports said. They approached him as he walked toward the building, police reports said.

Lockley told police he pulled out a gun, put it to Hovis' head and told him to freeze, police reports said. Lockley then told police he cocked the gun.

Hovis raised his hands and was allegedly told it was a robbery and that he was to hand over his money. Some money was taken as were some papers and a watch, police reports said.

Then Lockley told police he tried to uncock the gun and when he did, it went off, striking Hovis in the head, police reports said.

It was Washington County's fourth homicide of 1997 and the third within Hagerstown city limits.

Detective Rick Johnson, who is heading up the investigation for the Hagerstown Police Department, said a witness told police Monday she heard a "pop" and saw two men running from the area just before Hovis was found in the parking lot in downtown Hagerstown.

The Adult Book Store, which is located at 23 E. Washington St., was still open at the time Hovis was found, Johnson said.

His vehicle, a white 1990 Chevrolet Geo with a pink stripe on the side, was found in the area where the body was found, Johnson said.

Little was known of Lockley this morning but Paschall pleaded guilty Aug. 12 to a third-degree burglary in connection with a March 25 burglary of a home at 17836 College Road, court records said.

He was allowed to remain free on bond pending completion of a pre-sentence investigation ordered by Washington County Circuit Judge Fred Wright.

Originally charged with burglary, felony theft and destruction of property, Paschall could face up to 10 years in prison for third-degree felony burglary.

More than $1,000 worth of clothing, video games and pagers were taken from the home, including nearly $500 in cash. All but the cash was recovered at a home on Hayes Avenue, according to Trooper First Class Mike Potter of the Maryland State Police.

A neighbor spotted a car driving away from the home and called police. The description of the car was familiar to the homeowners and led to Paschall's arrest, Potter said.

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