A judge denied bail Monday for a seventh-grader from Baltimore charged with rape and murder, saying he poses an extreme risk to public security.
Tyrone Harvin, 14, was arrested Friday and accused of killing his older neighbor, Dorothy Mae Neal. The 83-year-old woman was beaten and sexually abused last month in her apartment in West-Baltimore.
The police wrote in the charging of documents that the boy has not admitted to the crime.
A DNA test of the evidence was pending when he was arrested last week. Officers said, however, that they found the fingerprints of the boy on a condom package in the apartment, as the documents state.
The loading documents describe the scene in the Neal apartment. Officers found a broken and bloody lamp and dry blood on the door.
Harvin, who had visited Harlem Park Middle School, lives a block away from the crime scene on Winchester Street. The police searched the boy's house last Wednesday. Officers wrote that they had restored condoms and clothing from his home.
The police wrote that when they questioned him, he said he did not know Neal and had never been to her home. Then he admitted that she had helped her to waste and talk to her about the church, the police wrote.
He said that he had found a lamp on a table near the kitchen in the victim's apartment – just to look at it – and that at some point he might have dropped some belongings from him, & # 39 ; the officers wrote.
The police found Neal unconscious in her apartment. A neighbor had called the police because she had not seen Neal for a few days.
The 83-year-old had cuts on her lip and face, fractures in her face and signs of sexual assault. She was declared dead in the hospital on 30 August.
Harvin was indicted as an adult and imprisoned. In Maryland, murder and rape are crimes where children are automatically accused as adults. Online lawyers do not mention his lawyer.
He appeared on a video screen for a bail on Monday. Baltimore District Judge Devy Patterson Russell commissioned lawyers not to openly discuss Harvins youth record. Youth crime is usually confidential.
The boy was indicted as an adult last year for armed robbery and a second-degree attack. Those charges were later withdrawn and he was prosecuted in the juvenile court, said Melba Saunders, spokeswoman for the Baltimore State law firm.
Harvin is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in the murder case next week. He faces life in prison.