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Man Charged In Edgewood Fatal Shooting

Police arrested 21-year-old Garfield Smith III Tuesday in what detectives suspect may have been a drug deal gone bad.

An Edgewood area man was arrested and charged Tuesday after allegedly shooting and killing an Edgewood teen and injuring another last week in what police believe may have started as a drug deal.

Garfield Smith III, 21, with addresses in the 1600 block of Candlewood Court in Edgewood and the 500 block of Magnolia Ridge Drive in Joppa, Was charged Tuesday with first- and second-degree murder, attempted first- and second-degree murder and eight related charges, online court records show.

The charges stem from a Jan. 31 shooting in Edgewood. Around 10:36 p.m. that night, Harford County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to the 1600 block of Candlewood Court after shots were fired in the area, according to a release from the sheriff's office.

Within minutes, deputies found Michael Wayne Kearins, 17, and Christopher Thomas Cousins, 18, both of the 1900 block of Harewood Road in Edgewood, suffering from gunshot wounds in Cunion Recreational Park off Trimble Road, next to Candlewood Court, the release states.

Kearins was taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air where he was pronounced dead. Cousins was flown by medevac helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore where he was listed in good condition Wednesday, police say.

Detectives are investigating the possibility that Cousins and Kearins went to the park to buy marijuana when they were shot, according to the release.

Smith was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon when deputies saw him riding as a passenger in a car in the Edgewater Village Community. He was being held without bail at Harford County Detention Center Wednesday morning.

A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled to take place at 11 a.m. March 4 in Harford County District Court.

Amanda Temple February 20, 2013 at 05:17 PM
You know we are taught to forgive!! But in this case I CANNOT forgive what Garfield Smith has done!! You took the life of somebodys loved one!! What gives you the right Garfield Smith, to determine when someone should die!! I hope and pray that god does NOT HAVE mercey on your distorted soul!! I hope you suffer like you left Michaels family& friends have suffered!!! I Hope when you get to D.O.C they introduce you to, that it is that seperates the Punks, from Pricks!! in my personal opinion, you should be put in front of a firing squad, and shot down like you did Michael& Chris!! Looking at Garfields criminal history, we gon see if you try and rape somebody down the road!! YOU DO NOT DESERVE TO EVER<EVER SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY!!!!! BURN IN HELL!!! Since Garfield has no value to HUMAN LIFE!!!! YOURS SHOULD BE TAKEN FROM YOU!!!!!
Amanda Temple February 20, 2013 at 05:34 PM
To those family members of Garfields who keeps stating " YALL DON'T KNOW (which is the proper spelling in this case) WHAT HE HAS BEEN THROUGH"!!! Pease spare me the details, there are so many families, that are going through poverty, unemployment, drug addiction etc.but that does'nt give you the right to go and shoot nobody!! That bullcrap about "Yall don't know him" is right, and apparently Garfield did'nt know himself, if he did him nor his family members would stop blaming folks FOR HIS SHORT COMINGS, He had every oppurtunity NOT to commit crimes( in which he chose to do) HE DID, and his time has run out,!! Personally IM DISGUSTED that his family is portraying him as a VICTOM!!
J. Kearins February 28, 2013 at 03:40 AM
He killed my only brother and my baby brother. I will never forgive him. Hope you get what you truely deserve. R.I.P. Michael Kearins.
shari b February 28, 2013 at 04:03 AM
so sorry for you and your families's pain at this time. so easy to say the traditional things, ie: "he's in a better place", "til you meet again", etc. etc., but those words sound so hollow, when your heart is breaking. i can only say- "i am sorry for your loss."
Cola smith March 13, 2013 at 10:58 AM
For all who lost someone I dearly sorry, but who are yall to wish bad things on something, it aint going bring ur family back, my cousin is facing charges when we all know jail aint where he need to be,nor dead, my cousin got issuses that shouldve been tooken care of when he was, where was yall perfect christian folks than, why was any of those boys in a fucking park and for what, they all shouldve been in college or doing something, what really was cause, was they the boys who tried and murked my ppls, two wrongs dont make a right,and what u do to others come back so on that note, stop talking down on ppl cause it could be u, under different circumstances

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