Life for Md. man who killed teen
UPDATE: Tracy Bailey was sentenced to life in prison Thursday. Under Maryland laws, he could eventually become eligible for parole; the governor's office must sign off on parole for murderers who receive life sentences.
ORIGINAL POST: Tracy Bailey, who pleaded guilty to killing a 14-year-old runaway, moving a bed to cover a pool of blood, and leaving the body in a stairwell, is set to be sentenced in Montgomery County Circuit Court Thursday morning.
Bailey, 34, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder on March 5, according to court records. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
The victim, Davonn Dupree, was born in Richmond, where she lived with her mother who battled substance abuse, according to Montgomery prosecutors.
Davonn ran away several times, and eventually linked up with Bailey, who recently had been released from prison at Rikers Island, N.Y., having completed a 13-year sentence for attempted murder, according to prosecutors.
Bailey and Davonn began illegally squatting in an apartment on Castle Boulevard in Silver Spring.
According to a statement from prosecutors, Bailey told detectives that in late October or early November, 2008, Davonn caught him sleeping with another girl.
"Following an argument, he handcuffed, strangled, and stabbed Davonn in the corner of the master bedroom. He then moved the bed to that corner of the room to conceal the pool of blood. A few days after the murder, Bailey moved his victim’s body to a secluded stairwell in another building," prosecutors said.
-- Dan Morse
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