Tiffany Burnhill was mixed up with a bad seed, a former college basketball player whose claim to fame was that he was featured on "America's Most Wanted."
It's unclear if Burnhill knew what she was getting into when she started dating Shaun Warrick, who was accused of randomly shooting two Maryland college students and stabbing a third in 2007.
What is clear, police said yesterday, is that Warrick allegedly shot and killed Burnhill, 19, and her cousin, Marcedes Ivery, 21, on Valentine's Day after he flew into a rage over an ongoing spat.
Homicide investigators and members of the U.S. Marshal's Violent Crimes Fugitive Task Force captured Warrick, 27, on Thursday while he was hiding out in a house on Darien Street near Butler. He was charged with the slayings of Burnhill and Ivery, who were gunned down on the second floor of Ivery's mother's house on Rutland Street near Sanger.
"We're ecstatic that we brought him in," said Homicide Lt. Mel Williams.
Warrick and Burnhill had argued for several days before the horrific double murder, police and relatives of the victims previously said.
"He kept trying to text-message with her and finally grew upset," Williams said.
Warrick, of Warnock Street near Lindley Avenue, was featured on "America's Most Wanted" four years ago, when he was accused by police in Princess Anne, Md., of trying to murder three University of Maryland-Eastern Shore students for unknown reasons. Warrick was reportedly on the school's basketball team.
Williams said Warrick was acquitted of those charges. In 2005, he was sentenced to a year of probation in Philadelphia for carrying a weapon without a license, according to court records.
McClatchy-Tribune News Service