Four charged in slaying

August 15, 2000

Four charged in slaying


A man found dead in Williamsport Saturday was beaten to death in a dispute over drugs, according to documents filed Tuesday in Washington County District Court.


Washington County Sheriff's deputies Tuesday charged four men in the death of Tony Lee Carbaugh, 18, who recently had moved from Spencer, W.Va., and was staying with his uncle at 314 Buena Vista St. in Hagerstown.

Carbaugh's body was found Saturday afternoon lying over an embankment near the iron bridge on Kemp's Mill Road in Williamsport. An autopsy determined he died of head injuries.

Charged with one count each of first-degree murder and second-degree murder were:

- James Wellington Tosten, 22, of 60 E. Washington St., Hagerstown.

- Harlan Coleburn Hoover, 21, of no fixed address.

- Douglas Lee Hevener, 20, of 1 Fishing Creek Lane, Boonsboro.

- Aaron H. Chertoff, 19, of 650 N. Prospect St., Apt. 2, Hagerstown.


Each also was charged with one count of kidnapping, misdemeanor theft and first- and second-degree assault.

Hevener was also charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree and second-degree murder.

Tosten was also charged with possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Tosten, Hoover and Hevener were denied bond Tuesday afternoon and were being held at the Washington County Detention Center.

A bond hearing for Chertoff was scheduled for late Tuesday.

Tosten also faces a Sept. 7 court date for a possession of marijuana charge from a July 1 arrest, according to District Court Commissioner Heather Hose.

Tosten and Hoover were questioned by police Monday and denied any involvement in the murder, charging documents said.

When deputies questioned Hevener, he told them that Hoover sold drugs to Carbaugh about two weeks ago, according to allegations in court documents.

Carbaugh confronted Hoover two days later claiming he had been short-changed, the documents contended.

Hevener said the men argued and Hoover said he was "going to get Carbaugh," court documents alleged.

Hevener told police that he drove Tosten, Hoover and Chertoff to the West End housing development in Hagerstown Saturday morning to find Carbaugh and beat him up, court documents alleged.

Hevener told police he stopped the car when they saw Carbaugh walking on Concord Street. Chertoff, Tosten and Hoover got out, grabbed Carbaugh and began beating him, then put Carbaugh in the back seat and continued to beat him as Hevener drove away, court documents alleged.

Hevener said Carbaugh began "crying and screaming 'stop, stop,'" charging documents said.

Hevener told police he drove to the iron bridge where Carbaugh was pulled from the car and beaten repeatedly on the face with a hatchet, tire iron and large rock, charging documents alleged.

Hevener said he, Hoover and Tosten drove to New York that evening and on the way Tosten threw a set of keys belonging to Carbaugh out the window. While in New York, Tosten and Hoover burned a picture of a girl and a bandana they had taken from Carbaugh, Hevener claimed.

Relatives of Carbaugh confirmed that the victim had in his possession $207 along with two keys, a blue bandana and a picture of his girlfriend.

No keys, bandana or pictures were found with Carbaugh's body, court documents say.

On Monday, Tosten and Hoover were found in the Lanvale Street area in Hagerstown and taken into custody.

Tosten admitted being in the West End housing development Saturday morning and going to New York later that day, the documents said.

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