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Man is charged in slaying of girl

October 26, 2005|By PEPPER BALLARD

An 18-year-old Severn, Md., man has been charged and indicted as an accessory in an August shooting in Severn that killed a 15-year-old Hagerstown girl, said Kristin Riggin, spokeswoman for the Anne Arundel County Office of the State's Attorney.

Theodis Curry III, 18, of 1829 Blue Jay Court, was charged with concealing a deadly weapon and accessory after the statute in the Aug. 17 shooting death of Keisha Shardae Lane, according to charging documents. He was indicted by an Anne Arundel County grand jury Sept. 30 on two counts of accessory after the fact and one count of carrying a concealed weapon, Riggin said.

Keisha lived in foster homes in the Hagerstown area for most of her life under the supervision of the Washington County Department of Social Services, its director, David Engle, has said.

She ran away from a new foster home about three weeks before she was shot, Engle has said.

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Keisha was standing with Joshua David Doyle, 19, of Laurel, Md., and two others near a car in the area of Stillmeadows Drive and Robin Court in Severn at 11:10 p.m. Aug. 17 when a dark-colored sedan pulled up. Three men, only described as black, got out of the vehicle and opened fire, hitting Keisha and Doyle, the Anne Arundel County Police Department has said. Keisha was pronounced dead at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. It wasn't until a few days afterward that she was identified as the victim.

According to charging documents, Curry drove past the group that night and parked his dark-colored car nearby on Stillmeadows Drive. A passenger in his car got out and went "to his trunk area," documents state.

Curry told police he had a loaded 9 mm "long gun" in his trunk, according to charging documents. Investigation revealed he had purchased a "Hi-Point 995C Carbine 9 mm rifle" and ammunition that matched shell casings found at the crime scene, police allege in court documents.

"He said he heard gunshots and fled the area," documents state.

Through an autopsy, it was determined Keisha died from a gunshot wound to the upper torso, police said in charging documents.

Police have not identified the shooter or the motive for the shooting, the Associated Press has reported.

Curry's trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 12 in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, Riggin said.

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