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Date: Mar 2, 2019

With the 23rd anniversary of her death approaching, the Baltimore County Police Department and family of Jody LeCornu continue to seek the identity of her killer. Jody’s family has coordinated the advertisement of her unsolved 1996 murder on three billboards throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area. The locations of the billboards will be:

  • 3827 Pulaski Highway, 21224
  • 1900 South Hanover Street, 21230
  • 2540 Greenmount Avenue, 21218

Case Details

Crime scene photosJust before 4:00 a.m. on March 2, 1996, police were called to the 6300-block of York Road, 21212 for a shooting. Officers found Jody LeCornu, 23, inside her car suffering from a gunshot wound. The subsequent investigation determined that she was shot in the back while seated inside her car on the lot of the Drumcastle Shopping Center in the 6300-block of York Road, 21212. After being shot, LeCornu drove her car onto York Road and then onto the lot of the York Road Plaza. Witnesses gave information about a male suspect. The suspect followed LeCornu’s car into the lot of the Plaza and then removed an unknown item from inside Jody’s car. The man then drove away southbound on York Road in a white BMW. He was described as a black male with a stocky build and wearing a drab or green-colored army style coat.

Reward Offered

Metro Crime Stoppers, an organization that is separate from the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Government, offers rewards for information in connection with felony offenses.

Anonymous tips can be sent to Metro Crime Stoppers by phone, online or via mobile app.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Web tip:

NEW Mobile App: P3TIPS

Jody LeCornu’s family is also offering a private reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of Jody’s killer.

Alex Collins was arrested on narcotics and gun charges after Baltimore County Police responded for a crash investigation in Owings Mills, Maryland yesterday morning.

Police were dispatched to the 10000 block of Dolfield Road, 21117 around 6:48 a.m. Friday morning when a passerby called 9-1-1 after seeing a black Chevrolet Corvette crashed into a tree. Officers located the driver asleep in the driver seat, and identified him as Alexander Jamonte Collins (24) of the unit block of Woodfield Court, 21136. The driver indicated he was not injured, but had fallen asleep waiting for a towing service to respond. During the initial contact with Collins the officer detected the odor of marijuana inside the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed a large glass jar on the front passenger side floorboard containing approximately 5 ounces of marijuana, the equivalent of approximately 141.75 grams (possession of under 10 grams of marijuana is considered personal use and punishable under Maryland law by a civil citation). A handgun was recovered from the front driver side floorboard. Collins was placed under arrest at 7:35 a.m.

According to Collins, he and a friend left the Towson area around 4 a.m. He was on his way to drop the friend off at home when he lost control of his vehicle on the snow covered roadway, sliding off the pavement and into a tree around 4:30 a.m., causing disabling damage to the Corvette. Collins called for a tow truck, then fell asleep in the vehicle while the passenger chose to walk the rest of the way home. Neither were injured during the crash.

Collins and his passenger gave police conflicting stories as to whom the marijuana belongs. Collins also indicated, after knowingly waiving his rights per Miranda, that there were additional firearms and marijuana in his home. Collins remained in police custody while officers obtained a search warrant for the home, recovering two additional rifles, ammunition, and less than 10 grams of marijuana.

Collins is now charged with CDS Possession with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Marijuana in Excess of 10 grams, and Handgun in Vehicle. He is released on a $7500 posted bond following an initial bail hearing just after midnight. 

The passenger in the vehicle, identified as Tykheem Jaquon Deundrea Dunaway, 28, of the 10000 block of Barnes Avenue, 21117, is also charged with CDS Possession with Intent to Distribute and Possession of Marijuana in Excess of 10 grams. He is released on a $5000 posted bond following an initial bail hearing early this morning.

Revised June 27, 2017