Investigators used cell phone records to establish a direct link between the inmate suspected of ordering the killing, Patrick Albert Byers Jr., and the Bloods gang members who expected to receive up to $2,500 to carry it out, court papers and sources close to the investigation said.
One of the suspected junior gangsters, a 15-year-old nicknamed "Brazy," received $100 for gunning down Carl Stanley Lackl in July, according to sources who declined to be named because they were not authorized to discuss the case.
According to court documents and sources close to the investigation, Goodman enlisted Marcus Antwan Pearson, 26, a Bloods gang member. Pearson, who was charged in Baltimore County, was not named in yesterday's federal indictment.
Pearson then contracted with gang members, including Michael Jerome Randle, 19, Steven "Trigger" Thompson, 26, and Johnathan Ryan Cornish, who was 15 at the time, to kill Lackl. Cornish was not named in yesterday's federal indictment.
Known as "original young gangsters," they were members of a faction of the Bloods gang known as the Pasadena Denver Lanes, named for a street in Los Angeles, according to sources.
The federal indictment describes a group of gang members meeting July 2 in the 1600 block of Normal Ave. in East Baltimore before picking up Randle near Pulaski and Penrose streets.
They had with them a loaded Colt Anaconda .44-caliber Magnum handgun, court papers said.
That day, Pearson called Lackl, 38, from two phones, according to court documents and sources.
Police said Lackl received several phone calls about the beige Cadillac he was selling for $1,800. About 8:45 p.m., a caller told Lackl, who was standing outside with two little girls, that he couldn't find his home in the 8000 block of Philadelphia Road and that he should walk out toward the street, police said.
According to court documents, Williams drove up in a green 1994 Chevrolet Camaro and Cornish shot Lackl three times as he approached.
According to the documents, Pearson and his girlfriend Tammy Sherie Graham, 24, sat in a car in a parking lot across the street and watched as police and paramedics arrived. Graham, who faces state charges, was not named in yesterday's indictment.