A 21-year-old man has been served with a warrant charging him with possession of the rifle allegedly used by a younger relative to fatally shoot 13-year-old Monae Turnage last month in East Baltimore, officials said.
Martinez Armstrong of the 1800 block of N. Bond St. was charged with being a felon in possession of a gun and reckless endangerment after investigators made a forensic match on the .22-caliber rifle. Court records show he was being held on $500,000 bond.
Two boys were charged last month with involuntary manslaughter for accidentally shooting Monae, whose body was found hidden under trash bags in her Darley Park neighborhood after she had left her home to go roller-skating.
The case gained added attention after the Police Department suspended an officer,
WBAL-TV reported Tuesday that Armstrong, the half-brother of one of the suspects, was being sought in the case after he failed to appear for a court hearing in an unrelated drug case. His attorney said prosecutors wanted him held without bail because they believed the gun used in the shooting belonged to him.
Armstrong was convicted in 2009 of first-degree assault in a case where he was accused of trying to shoot someone; he received 15 years in prison with 13 years of the sentence suspended, records show. A year later, he pleaded guilty to violating his probation and received another sentence of 13 years, with 12 years suspended. He's now charged again with a probation violation in that case, with a hearing scheduled for next month.
According to the television report, Armstrong was shot and critically wounded in a shooting in mid-February in Darley Park.
A previous version of this story misstated the relationship of Officer John Ward to the suspects. The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.