UPDATE (July 13, 2018 11:45 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police have charged Tavon Malik Edwards (19) of the 3100 block of Bancroft Road, 21215 with First Degree Murder in the death of Howard Blevins, found laying on the sidewalk on Sandy Stone Road in Essex just after midnight on June 2.

Blevins was suffering from obvious trauma to the upper portion of his body and was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased. The Chief Office of the Medical Examiner determined cause and manner of death to be homicide by gunshot wound following an autopsy.

Detectives from the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit determined that Edwards and Blevins were known associates dealing in illicit narcotics. Edwards approached Blevins that night and shot him to death following their interaction. He then fled the scene in a vehicle parked nearby.

Edwards is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on denied bail status following an initial bail hearing earlier today.

Original Release (June 2, 2018 8:46 p.m.):

Police have identified a 50-year-old man found dead on the sidewalk in front of an apartment building in Essex just after midnight.

Police were called to the 1100 block of Sandy Stone Road when a neighbor saw the man laying on the sidewalk and called 9-1-1. The man is identified as Howard Vermont Blevins of the 1100 block of Sandy Stone Road, 21221. The man was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased at 1:26 a.m. He was determined to have evidence of trauma to the upper body. Cause and manner of death are pending results of an autopsy at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit is conducting the investigation into this incident and is asking anyone who may have seen or heard anything around midnight to contact police at 410-307-2020. 


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