For­mer Gra­sonville woman in­dicted in mur­der

Record Observer - - Front Page - By CHRISTO­PHER KERSEY ck­ersey@ches­pub.com

AN­NAPO­LIS — A grand jury has in­dicted a Bal­ti­more woman, for­merly of Gra­sonville, on sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in the stab­bing death of a woman with ties to Queen Anne’s County.

An Anne Arun­del County grand jury in­dicted Tashaya Raeshone Turner, 37, of Ram­sey Street, Bal­ti­more, on four counts, in­clud­ing sec­ond­de­gree mur­der, first– and sec­ond-de­gree as­sault and a weapons charge.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened in Glen Burnie on Dec. 5, 2016. Po­lice orig­i­nally said Turner lived in Gra­sonville Ter­race, Gra­sonville. But court records now list her ad­dress as Bal­ti­more.

The case was filed with the Mary­land District Court, but was trans­ferred to Cir­cuit Court for Anne Arun­del County in An­napo­lis. The grand jury in­dict­ments were filed on Fri­day, Dec 30, and an ini­tial ap­pear­ance is set for Jan. 9.

Po­lice said they based the mur­der charge on an eye­wit­ness who said she saw the stab­bing hap­pen through her patio door.

The vic­tim is I’kea Ni­cole Jack­son, 28, who had no fixed ad­dress, stay­ing in dif­fer­ent places in Glen Burnie, po­lice said. Ac­cord­ing to her obit­u­ary, she was once a stu­dent in Queen Anne’s County Pub­lic Schools and played bas­ket­ball for one

sea­son at Queen Anne’s County High School in Cen­tre­ville.

Po­lice said the two women were ac­quain­tances, but po­lice and the Anne Arun­del County State’s At­tor­ney’s of­fice have de­clined to re­lease a mo­tive for the in­ci­dent.

The wit­ness said she was walk­ing near Jack­son in the front of 114 Moun­tain Road in Glen Burnie when Jack­son was ap­proached by a black fe­male who be­gan ar­gu­ing with her, said the ap­pli­ca­tion for state­ment of charges filed by po­lice in District Court.

“The wit­ness re­treated to her res­i­dence and saw through her patio door that

the black fe­male sus­pect was re­peat­edly strik­ing Jack­son us­ing a stab­bing mo­tion with her arm. Af­ter stab­bing Ms. Jack­son, the black fe­male sus­pect fled the scene,” said the court record.

A knife was lo­cated at the scene. When in­ter­viewed by po­lice, the wit­ness was able to pos­i­tively iden­tify the black fe­male as Turner, said court records.

The in­dict­ments against Turner carry a long prison sen­tence if she’s con­victed. The penalty for sec­ond-de­gree mur­der is up to 30 years in jail. First-de­gree as­sault is up to 25 years in jail and sec­ond-de­gree as­sault is up to 10 years in jail. And the weapons charge is up to three years in jail.

Those jail sen­tences could run con­cur­rently or be added

up for a grand to­tal, ac­cord­ing to Heather Ep­kins, spokes­woman for the Anne Arun­del County State’s At­tor­ney’s Of­fice. In Turner’s case, the grand to­tal would be a po­ten­tial of 68 years in jail.

For two days af­ter the in­ci­dent, po­lice con­ducted an ex­ten­sive in­ves­ti­ga­tion, which led to Turner’s ar­rest.

On Dec. 5, po­lice re­sponded to Moun­tain Road in Glen Burnie for an as­sault in progress, and when they ar­rived, they found Jack­son ly­ing out­side the apart­ment build­ing, and she ap­peared to be suf­fer­ing from stab wounds.

The fire depart­ment trans­ported Jack­son to the Bal­ti­more Wash­ing­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter where she died from her in­juries. A post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion was per­formed

on Jack­son and her death was ruled homi­cide by mul­ti­ple stab wounds.

De­tec­tives can­vassed the area, in­ter­viewed wit­nesses and tried to piece to­gether the chain of events that led to Jack­son’s death. As the in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ued, sev­eral pieces of ev­i­dence re­lated to the crime were re­cov­ered and sub­mit­ted for foren­sic anal­y­sis.

On Tues­day, Dec. 6, po­lice se­cured an ar­rest war­rant charg­ing Turner with mur­der, and on Wed­nes­day, Dec. 7, homi­cide de­tec­tives ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at a res­i­dence in Bal­ti­more and took Turner into cus­tody with­out in­ci­dent.

Turner is cur­rently be­ing held at the Anne Arun­del County De­ten­tion Cen­ter on a no bond sta­tus.

I’KEA N. JACK­SON

TASHAYA RAESHON TURNER

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