- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 28, 2001

Three days after his mugshot was flashed on movie screens in the District, Maryland and Virginia, Cornelius "Thump" Smith, 23, turned himself in to D.C. police yesterday on charges of killing a Riverdale man in a Northwest apartment three years ago.
The surrender is the result of an experiment by the FBI to apprehend fugitives. If successful in the Washington area, the FBI will consider showing photos and describing "most wanted" suspects in movie houses across the nation.
A story in The Washington Times on Saturday described the effort, which began Friday. The story included photos, descriptions and criminal charges against Smith and two other men — Maurice Stewart, 30, and David Burno, 33.
At 10:30 a.m. yesterday, Smith walked into the 5th District station on Bladensburg Road NE and surrendered. He had seen the publicity about the FBI's fugitive displays and decided to turn himself in, said Van A. Harp, assistant director of the FBI's Washington field office.
Smith was accompanied by a minister. He is to appear today for arraignment on charges of first-degree murder while armed before D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert I. Richter. If convicted, Smith could be sentenced to life in prison.
Smith, who was indicted just last year, is accused of shooting and killing Twain Terrick Edwards, 21, during a fight over marijuana July 31, 1998, in an apartment in the 900 block of N Street NW. Also killed was Mario Barnett, said FBI Special Agent Peter "Chris" Murray.
Stewart is charged with first-degree murder while armed; Burno is charged with armed robbery.
Cinema Advertising Inc. of Mahwah, N.J., agreed to profile the fugitives at seven Cineplex theaters in the District: Cinema, Dupont 5, Foundry, Inner Circle 3, Outer Circle, Uptown and Wisconsin Avenue; at three Maryland theaters: Cineplex Marlow 6, Loews Rio 18 and Wheaton Plaza, and in Virginia at Multiplex Cinemas Mount Vernon.


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