Suspect Arrested For Murdering 18-Year-Old With Hatchet

BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (WJZ)—A Baltimore County man is accused of killing a teenager with a hatchet and hiding his body in the woods. U.S. Marshals tracked the suspect down in Alabama.

Mike Hellgren has details of this wide-ranging investigation.

Ryan Jackson, 18, was found stabbed to death with a hatchet. His body was dumped in an industrial area in Baltimore. Now, police have arrested Larry Horton, 37, from Lansdowne and charged him with first-degree murder.

Police tracked down Horton more than 1,000 miles away at a motel in Bayou La Batre, Ala.

“There’s no telling what went through that guy’s mind at the time, but it will all come out,” said Reginald Jackson, victim’s father.

Ryan Jackson’s girlfriend Jasmine Mills is due to give birth to their first son in just nine days.

“It’s not going to bring him back,” Mills said while crying. “Everyone is worried about finding who did it, but I don’t really care because all I want is him to come home.”

The ordeal has also devastated Ryan Jackson’s aunt.

“I just want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for finding him,” she said. “I don’t have any children, but he felt as though he was mine.”

In the Lansdowne home where police believe Jackson was killed, they found blood and evidence that Horton tried to clean the carpets.

“Homicide investigators became interested in Mr. Horton relatively early in this investigation. As I said, he was part of a group that the victim knew in that Rambo Court area,” said Elise Armacost, Baltimore County Police.

More than 100 people came to Jackson’s memorial. His family is now planning his funeral.

Ryan Jackson and his girlfriend were childhood sweethearts. She plans to name their baby after his dad.

“No one is perfect, but he was perfect for me,” Mills said.

Horton will be brought back to Maryland to face charges.

“Until he’s actually convicted and being sentenced, that’s when I may have the closure that I’m looking for,” said Reginald Jackson.

The victim’s aunt agrees.

“We’re going to get some closure, but we need more,” she said.

Police tell WJZ they did recover bottles of bleach, carpet cleaning equipment and the hatchet they believed was used as the murder weapon.

Jackson’s funeral will be held Friday morning in Pasadena. His father says it will be a closed casket ceremony.

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  1. RavenLude says:

    why waste money extraditing this violent thug 1,000 miles and then giving him a trial……just execute him and do society and the family of the victim a favor

  2. Dale Spearsdoesitbetter says:

    GIVE HIM THE DEATH ROW AND BETTER YET LET THE FAMILY TAKE CARE OF IT . WITH AX

  3. Dale Spearsdoesitbetter says:

    MY HEART GO TO THE FAMILY AND HE WILL BE IN THERE EHARTS HE MITE BE IN EHAVEN BUT HE STILL WITH EVERYBODY IN MD . THAT HAPPEN AT MY FATHER HOUSE DALE OMG I WENT INTO SHOCK WHEN IW A S12 YEARS HE RAPE ME I HOPE MY FATHER GO TO JAIL ALSO . HOW CAN SOMEONE NOT CALL THE POLICE WHEN PERSON GETTING THEER LIFE TAKEN OMG . LOVE YA ALL IN HIS FAMILY I VERY SORRY FOR YOURR POST . GOD BLESSU

  4. Sharon says:

    To Whitey, birds of a feather flock together. Therefore, it sounds like your white boy wasn’t so squeezy clean or such an outstanding citizen either. It could have been a disagreement between two drug dealers or a drug deal gone bad. Don’t try to paint a picture like the white boy was perfectly innocent. Both of them might be living their lives right and now both of their lives are ruined. Your white boy sounds like he has some serious issues anytime you can dispose of someones body like it was trash. What’s your opinion of him now?
    Unfortunately, both of their families will never be the same again.

    1. whatnow says:

      To Sharon, the young man killed was black. Quit being a racist and learn how to read.

    2. G M says:

      Well, at least the whites dont kill each other everyday in Baltimore like you savages.

    3. spiegelsteven says:

      Hey sharon i guess its to bad the white guy won huh ? The boy made a bad mistake he should have brought a few homeboys with him to collect the drug money huh? So its all fine and good when the whiteboy gets the axe but when the whiteboy wins its time to hang him . If he would have not came at larry with a axe he would still be alive today so who is responsable. I would give him a metal one more drug dealer off the street white or black without the dealers there would be no addicts so there you go agian . If the kid would have led a clean life he would be alive today so whos fault is it ?

  5. Time says:

    To Whitey? But if i put to Darkie or Darky its Racist. Come on WJZ remove my racists comments if it says DARK but a nig named sharon can say To Whitey. Proves the blacks run the comments forums.

  6. HONESTY says:

    ITS CRAZY HOW EVERY LITTLE THING BECOMES A RACE ISSUE! BLACK OR WHITE NO ONE DESERVES TO LOSE THEIR LIFE BUT AS SOMEONE WHO KNOWS THE SITUATION A LITTLE BETTER THAN MOST OF YOU WITH YOUR IGNORANT COMMENTS KNOWING NOTHING ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON LET ME BREAK IT DOWN FOR YOU!! FRED WAS A DRUG DEALER, LARRY WAS A DRUG ADDICT..FRED CAME TO LARRYS HOUSE TO COLLECT $ LARRY DIDNT HAVE IT, THERE WAS A FIGHT AND S TRUGGLE AND IN THE END FRED WAS DEAD AND LARRY WAS THE ONE WHO KILLED HIM. FRED BROUGHT THE WEAPON WITH HIM ACCORDING TO LARRY, HE DEFENDED HIMSELF. IF IT WAS THE OTHER WAY AROUND AND LARRY DIED WOULD THERE EVEN BE ALL THIS UPROAR OR IS IT JUST BC IT WAS A BLACK MAN WHO DIED AND WHITE MAN IS RESPONSIBLE THAT ITS BEING MADE INTO A RACE ISSUE? AT THE END OF THE DAY 2 FAMILIES ARE HURT, 2 FAMILIES NOW HAVE LOST A LOVED ONE. IM NOT DEFENDING WHAT HAPPENED, ITS SAD I AGREE, THAT BOY HAS A BABY WHO WILL NEVER KNOW HIS FATHER AND MY HEART GOES OUT TO HIS GIRLFRIEND AND FAMILY HOWEVER WHEN YOURE INVOLVED IN CRIMINAL ACTIVITY AND CAUGHT UP IN THE DRUG GAME LIKE HE WAS THAT IS SOMETHING YOU SHOULD ALWAYS KNOW IS A POSSIBILITY OF HAPPENING TO YOU. I ALSO KNOW LARRY HORTON AND I KNOW HE HAD A GOOD HEART, HE WAS GOOD TO HIS FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND HE IS LOVED BY THEM VERY MUCH. THE WHOLE SITUATION IS UNFORTUANTE BUT PEOPLE ALLOW THEIR ANGER TO BLIND THEM FROM THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH IS IT WAS ONE LIFE OR THE OTHER ITS SAD BUT TRUE

    1. Grammar police says:

      Fix your caps lock

    2. spiegelsteven says:

      You are rite i dont no Larry but i no larry sr and he was not much of a excample . He is a slime ball that would do anything to get even he would make bogas charges to have someone arrested and yet his own daughter who lives with him seems to be his wife if you get what i am saying. Its a shame that his dad left him at a early age for Brenda which is my wifes sister. He larry sr could have been more a family man and had more respect for his children then little Larry may have grown up to be a different person and would maybe not looked to drugs for what he was missing in life a decent father figure.
      You see our children are a extension of us no matter what we want to believe. I hope that little larry gets a chance to have a life after this. And i dont think its sad for the other guy he should have left it alone if they done beat him over the money why keep at it. I know why because they are racist pricks who get off on beating up whitey . If larry was black he might have caught a beat down but then they would have gave him a chance to pay . But being that he is white they attack him everytime they see him out of deep seeded hatred its a shame but thats still the way it goes.
      I believe larry saved the tax paying citizens of Baltimore County alot of money . I say give him a metal and send him to rehab.

  7. Linda says:

    Reggie and Family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. May God be with you.

    Linda in Delaware

  8. 7900 block says:

    that little punk deserved it…i love how the news and the family always make these so called “victims” out to be outstanding citizens in society….”oh he was such a good boy” blah blah blah, what do you think his baby’s mama meant when she said “no one is perfect”…duh….this kid was a gang banger….he’s been arrested for possession of handgun and possession with intent to distribute large amounts of drugs , in other words, hes a real turd and this was probably over drugs or money….white boy prob was defending himself…drug deal gone bad, “lil ryan” as they called him prob pulled a gun on whitey , ol whitey got the better of him with da hatchet, go white boy, go!

  9. HONESTY says:

    IT WAS MOST DEFINITELY OVER DRUGS, THE BOY CAME TO LARRYS HOUSE BECAUSE HE OWED HIM MONEY FOR DRUGS & BROUGHT THE WEAPON WITH HIM, HIM AND HIS BOYS HAD PREVIOSULY BEAT LARRY UP OVER MONEY AND WERE ALWAYS COMING AFTER HIM BECAUSE HE HAD A DRUG PROBLEM AND THEY KNEW THEY COULD GANG UP ON HIM, THIS TIME HOWEVER HE CAME ALONE AND LARRY GOT THE BEST OF HIM! NO ONE DESERVES TO DIE AND IT IS SAD AND I FEEL TERRIBLE FOR THAT FAMILY, BUT IF “LIL FRED” WAS SUCH A GREAT PERSON HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN OUT THERE GETTING AN EDUCATION OR ACTUALLY WORKING FOR A LIVING TO SUPPORT HIS UNBORN CHILD AND HIS GIRLFRIEND BUT HE WASNT HE WAS OUT THERE SELLING DRUGS, DOING WRONG. UNFORTUNATELY THE GAME GOT HIM.

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