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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.

Karl Schuub February 06, 2013 at 05:55 PM
In checking Md case search turns out you can track Garfield, Garfield Jr. and now this piece of trash through court records...what a lovely family. Looks like Gramps started the family tradition in Baltimore City, our "Jr" then moved to Baltimore County where he kept up a long, very long string of arrests and convictions and thenceforth gave birth this our latest peice of human waste who somehow ended up in Harford. Were the neighbors notified before these useless fools moved in? We need an interactive map of all felons living anywhere in Harford so we know who to avoid.
Karl Schuub February 06, 2013 at 06:03 PM
Not only that but our highly respectable "Jr" has multiple "paternity/non-support" filings against him and from multiple women. Human trash, turning out human trash and we pay for it - matter of fact I bet the taxpayers have been subdizing this entire family all the way back 3 generations to the tune of hundreds of thousands and this is what we get for our money? No small wonder honest people get fed up. May he die slowly in prison at the hands of someone bigger, nastier, and more predatory than he so that he knows fear and suffering.
f250 redneck February 06, 2013 at 08:01 PM
That's why we need to reinstate the death penalty and carry it out.
AP Kap February 07, 2013 at 12:48 AM
It is a shame! This boy was destined to be in trouble since he was in the 7th grade. How sad when you know one of your students will be in trouble when they get older.
f250 redneck February 07, 2013 at 01:19 PM
I bet he had no parental guidance.That is what is wrong with today's society, some parents just don't care
Eddie Smith Superbad February 07, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Y'all need to stop with all this bull shit cause you do not no him in what he has been threw if that was your child what would you say I bet you will just sit there right you leave my cousin the fuck alone thank you
yeah okay February 07, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Yeah, its everyone else's fault but his, the universal society opt out? I don't get why people come on here cussing up a storm, it certainly doesn't help their cause. Good job to our law enforcement for taking out the trash.
f250 redneck February 07, 2013 at 04:38 PM
In life you have decisions, some make good ones some make bad ones. It is up to that person to make the right one. And with my children I have taught them right from wrong so they know better. It all starts at home!!!
Belair Loser Lookout February 07, 2013 at 06:00 PM
If it was my child, he wouldn't have done this. My child won't deal drugs, and carry weapons around. I don't care if I don't know him. He killed a teenager. He should fry. Period. If it was my son, and people were making these comments, I wouldn't be defending in a forum like this. I would be shaking my head wondering what the hell I did wrong. And please, learn how to use punctuation and proper spelling when you post. Your post is painful to read....
eugene Johnson February 09, 2013 at 03:17 AM
Look here, two ppl lost they life that little boy and my little brother. My prayers go out to them guys families. Before y'all go playing the blame game, get yall facts right!! Yall don't know have of the story. Yall only know what the media is telling yall. I hate when people think they know it all!!
Sarah Robbins February 09, 2013 at 04:41 AM
I live in Philadelphia, PA. Some years ago a story went around that was called, "The Lex Street Massacre." It was said in the media nationwide that the murders were drug related. Couple years down the line it was revealed very quietly that it was in fact over a used car sale. My point is media info can be skewed, prejudicial, & many times completely wrong. What if this was self defense? The fact is none of us were there and we don't know.
Matt February 09, 2013 at 01:41 PM
Please, enlighten us since you know so much.
Keicole February 09, 2013 at 09:15 PM
My heart & prayers go out to the families of Michael & Christopher because ive lost a brother due to gun violence. My cousin Garfield is human & all human make mistakes, some of which they cant make right. Noone knows truly what happened & yall dont have the right to judge him only God can. Yall dont know what hes been thru his entire life so stop talking crap. White ppl kill & society calls it self defense or blames it on mental illness but soon as its a black person, the media n society says its a bad drug deal or robbery. C'mon now lets b real here.
frog February 11, 2013 at 01:24 PM
The fact of the matter is I have known LJ for a long time. He used to live in Delta, Pa. That boy has always been trouble. He molested boys in the area and they did nothing, he got caught somking dope on school property and yet they still did nothing. I knew this day was coming for him and God help me for saying this, HE IS GETTING WHAT HE DESERVES!!!!
Karl Schuub February 11, 2013 at 03:00 PM
Mistake? This lowlife has nearly a dozen chargable incidents against him in Harford County - some are traffic charges; others criminal and among them #5R00083018 is defined as FW. Know what that is - it's a fugitive warrant from Pennsylvania and you know what that tells me? It tells me there are probably as long, if not a longer list of pending charges in Pennsylvania and whatever prompted the FW from PA was for a serious incident as they don't chase people into other states for jaywalking. May your young friend rot in hell.
1ke February 11, 2013 at 04:10 PM
You write badly. That is the only thing bad about you, Eddie.
fuck garfield smith February 11, 2013 at 11:06 PM
Fuck your cousin! Nobody will feel "sorry" for him. Your right people do make mistakes.. but when you shoot two people and kill one of them that is intentional. No mistake. He killed my little brother he deserves to be in jail and I hope many bad things come to him. He can rot in there I hope he has a miserable life.
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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