Suspect in 2005 slaying arrested
A 25-year-old man accused of fatally shooting a teenage girl in Bowie in 2005 for a payment of $600 was ordered held without bond Monday by a Prince George's County judge.
During a brief hearing, District Court Judge Lawrence V. Hill Jr. ordered that Jarvis D. Tyler be jailed pending a Feb. 25 preliminary hearing.
Tyler was arrested about two weeks ago in Orange County, Fla., and charged in the slaying of Stacey Seaton. Tyler had been living in Florida for at least a couple of years, but previously lived in Bowie, authorities said. Tyler waived extradition, courthouse sources said.
Seaton was 17 when she was killed on June 1, 2005. Seaton was shot in the back of the head on a winding path in a wooded area about 200 yards from her home in a quiet upper-middle class neighborhood. When she was killed, Seaton was 18 days away from her 18th birthday. She was also pregnant.
In October, 2009, county police charged McDonald Abraham III, 26, in Seaton's killing.
According to charging documents filed by police to support the arrest of Abraham, Seaton was killed because Abraham believed she had been involved in stealing money and drugs from the apartment where he was living. Abraham was known to sell marijuana, police said.
During Tyler's bond hearing, Assistant State's Attorney Wesley Adams said Seaton did not steal anything from Abraham.
Abraham's trial began Jan. 10 with jury selection. Opening arguments were scheduled for Jan. 11, but were postponed because of a snowstorm.
Circuit Court Judge Michael Pearson suddenly sealed proceedings in the Abraham case. Pearson also put defense attorneys and prosecutors under a gag order, forbidding them from talking about the case. In general, court proceedings by law are public, but a judge can seal a courtroom under certain circumstances, such as when a defendant agrees to plead guilty and implicate another suspect.
Tyler was arrested a few days after the Abraham case was sealed.
According to police charging documents filed against Tyler, on Jan. 12 a co-defendant (who is not named) told police he agreed to pay Tyler $600 to kill Seaton. The co-defendant believed Seaton had stolen from him, according to the charging documents.
The co-defendant provided Tyler with the murder weapon, a small-caliber handgun, the charging documents state. The co-defendant paid Tyler $400 a few days before the killing, the charging documents allege.
A cigarette butt was recovered at the crime scene, the charging documents state. DNA from the cigarette butt matches Tyler's DNA, the charging documents state.
"I'm very happy that the person is in custody," Seaton's mother, Gale Seaton, said following Tyler's bond hearing.
| January 31, 2011; 4:40 PM ET
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