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Three people have been arrested in the stabbing death of Baltimore stylist Damon Jennings. According to Maryland State Police, Jennings knew the three individuals through their mutual involvement in an event promotion business.
Elijah Carroll, 22, of Baltimore, Kevin Nixon, 22, of Princess Anne, and Jazzmine Morton, 21, of Baltimore were taken into custody. Carroll has been charged with first degree murder. Nixon and Morton were each charged with accessory after the fact, but Morton’s charges were later upgraded to first-degree murder and assault, reports The Baltimore Sun.
According to Maryland State Police:
Jennings’ body was found around 2 p.m. on October 29, 2015 along Backkbone Road near Seatick Road in Eden, Maryland. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled Jennings’ death a homicide due to multiple stab wounds.
Police believe all three suspects worked with Jennings in an event promotions business. A motive for the murder has not yet been determined.
Jennings’ mom, Angela Braxton, said her son was an up-and-coming fashion stylist who was working on his dream career. Jennings had a meeting with friends about a new project the night he went missing. He was last seen leaving a restaurant.
At around 2 a.m., Jennings’ uncle texted to ask when his nephew was coming home.
The family received a text from Jennings’ phone that said: “I’m heading home,” Braxton told NewsOne.
The Baltimore Sun reports that court documents say those same friends were involved in Jennings’ death. The Sun writes:
In court documents, police wrote that a wire transfer receipt in Nixon’s name was found with Jennings’ body. Nixon told investigators that the group was together when Carroll asked Nixon to pull over his vehicle in the area of Warren and Poplar Hill roads in Phoenix, Md.