LAUREL, Md. (WJZ)—A Laurel man who was shot multiple times and then crashed his pickup truck into a tree has died from his injuries.
Detectives believe the shooting death was drug related and have arrested four people in connection to the murder.
Russell Elbert Rowe, 24, was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds after his pickup truck hit a tree in front of a home in the 9400-block of Sewall Avenue last Thursday around 10 p.m.
Rowe was flown to Shock Trauma in critical condition and died a few days later.
During the investigation, a witness told police he saw Rowe’s vehicle turn in front of him at a high rate of speed and collide with a tree. He says he saw a woman and a man with a handgun standing near the scene of the collision and then fleeing.
Police searched Rowe’s vehicle and found a baggie containing oxycodone and his cell phone, which contained multiple text messages between the victim and one of the suspects arranging a meeting to buy drugs from Rowe. Police then linked the other suspects to the incident, as well as a vehicle.
Detectives believe the four suspects planned to rob Rowe for the oxycodone.
Desmick Jermario Lewis, 22, of Columbia; Amanda Nicole McAdoo, 18, of Laurel; Lauren Elizabeth Maready, 18, of Highland; and Taylor King Pepe, 19, of Laurel have been charged in connection to Rowe’s death.
Lewis is charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery, first-degree assault, handgun violations and reckless endangerment. He is being held on no bond at the Howard County Detention Center.
McAdoo, Maready and Pepe are charged with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, handgun violations and reckless endangerment. The attempted murder charges for McAdoo, Maready and Pepe are expected to be modified to murder charges since Rowe’s death.
Pepe is being held on $250,000 bond at the Howard County Detention Center. McAdoo and Maready are awaiting extradition from Pennsylvania.
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