Arrests made in Edgewood Homicide

(Harford County, MD – December 10, 2011) On Friday, December 9, 2011, Joseph Andrew Nelson, 20, of Edgewater Drive in Edgewood and Coty Lamonte Wilson, 21, of Mountain Rd. in Fallston were charged with the murder of Christopher Curtis Alves, 21. Alves was killed in the 1300 Block of Harford Square Drive, O Court, Edgewood Md. Both Nelson and Wilson have been charged with first degree murder, second degree murder and use of a handgun in a crime of violence. Conrad Gaylord, 18, of Brookside Dr. in Edgewood was arrested with Wilson and Nelson. Gaylord was charged with handgun violations related to wearing, transporting or carrying a handgun on or about his person and in a vehicle. Both Wilson and Nelson are being held without bond at the Harford County Detention Center. Gaylord is being held on a $50,000 bond.

Leading up to the arrest, detectives determined that on December 8, 2011, at approximately 0221 hours, deputies were dispatched to the 1300 block of Harford Square Drive O Court for a shots fired call. Deputies checked the area and were unable to locate a suspect or a victim of the shooting. Detectives believe Christopher Alves was fatally shot during that time and that dark window tint on Alves' vehicle obscured him from view of the deputies. Detectives canvased the area and located witnesses who saw a white Cadillac leave the area immediately after the shooting. Deputies also discovered that Joseph Nelson had been in contact with Alves numerous times in the hours just before his death. At approximately 0630 hours on December 9, 2011, deputies responding to a suspicious vehicle complaint on Harborside Drive in Joppa found Joseph Nelson and Coty Wilson in a white Cadillac with Conrad Gaylord. Detectives obtained a search warrant for the vehicle. The search of the vehicle yielded the recovery of a handgun and evidence used to determine that both Nelson and Wilson were in the immediate area of the 1300 Block of Harford Square Drive when Alves was shot.

News Release

December 10, 2011


  • Capt. Christopher Swain