Former Grasonville woman indicted in murder
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