Domestic Related Homicide in Edgewood MD
[September 2, 2011 - Edgewood, MD] On September 2, 2011 at approximately 3:30am, Harford County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the 700 block of Stanford Court in Edgewood, MD for a 911 call involving a domestic incident. Upon arrival deputies located the victim, Jamal Leon Jenkins, age 37 in his home. He did not appear to be breathing and was unresponsive. He was transported by Joppa Magnolia Fire Company to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased at approximately 5:00 am.
Investigation determined that there was a physical dispute in the home between Jenkins' fiancé's daughter and her boyfriend, identified as Gary Charles Clayton III, age 25 of the 2400 block of Hanson Road in Edgewood MD. As the couple's argument escalated, becoming physical in nature, the victim, Jenkins, attempted to get Clayton to leave the home which resulted in an altercation between them. The suspect, Clayton III, placed the victim, Jenkins in a choke hold rendering him unconscious, before fleeing the scene. He was taken into custody at approximately 4:00 am.
Gary Charles Clayton III was placed under arrest and transported to the Harford County Detention Center for processing. He has been charged with 2nd degree Murder, 1st assault, two counts of 2nd degree assault, manslaughter, and reckless endangerment. He is currently being held on a $2,000,000 bond. A bond review hearing is scheduled at District Court on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at 1:15pm at District Court in Harford County.