Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Arrest In Fatal OM Shooting

Police told the Sun they allegedly linked the suspect to the crime through fingerprints found on the shotgun and from tips from informants:

Howard County police today arrested a man of no fixed address and charged him in the May 17 killing of a Columbia man at an Oakland Mills apartment complex.

Police charged Ronald Derrick McConnell, 21, with first- and second-degree murder, assault and reckless endangerment in the shooting death of Jason Batts.

Batts, 23, of Long Reach, was shot to death at 2:50 a.m. May 17 in the parking lot of the Stevens Forest Apartments, on Stevens Forest Road in Oakland Mills, police said.

McConnell was arrested at about 1 p.m. in front of a relative's house in the 9400 block of Merryrest Court, in Oakland Mills, after he was spotted by a patrol officer, according to police.

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