Guilty plea in 2005 slaying of Bowie girl
A Circuit Court judge in Prince George's County on Wednesday unsealed a guilty plea of a man who arranged for the slaying of a teenage Bowie girl in 2005.
McDonald Abraham III, 26, pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder and a handgun violation, said Ramon Korionoff, a spokesman for State's Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks.
Abraham pleaded guilty in the June 1, 2005 killing of Stacey Seaton, who was 17. 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 Bowie neighborhood.
County police arrested and charged him with murder in October, 2009. According to police charging documents, 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.
Opening arguments in Abraham's trial were scheduled for Jan. 11, but were postponed because of a snowstorm. The next day, Circuit Court Judge Michael Pearson sealed the trial and put prosecutors and defense attorneys under a gag order. In general, court proceedings 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.
Within a few days of Abraham's guilty plea, authorities arrested a second suspect, Jarvis D. Tyler, in Orange County, Fla..
Tyler, 25, waived extradition to Maryland, and on Monday a District Court judge ordered him held without bond. During a brief court hearing, a prosecutor said Seaton did not steal anything from Abraham.
According to police charging documents in support of Tyler's arrest, on Jan. 12 -- the day of Abraham's guilty plea -- an unnamed co-defendant told police that he agreed to pay Tyler $600 to kill Seaton.
The co-defendant paid Tyler $400 a few days before the killing, the charging document alleges. A cigarette butt was recovered from the crime scene, and DNA from the butt matches Tyler's DNA, the charging document states.
Abraham is scheduled to be sentenced on April 22.
Asked whether Abraham has agreed to testify against Tyler as part of his plea deal, Korionoff said that question will be answered if and when Tyler goes to trial.
| February 2, 2011; 4:06 PM ET
Categories: From the Courthouse, Homicide, Pr. George's, Ruben Castaneda | Tags: Prince George's County crime, homicide
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