- The Washington Times - Friday, June 17, 2005

One of three suspects in the stabbing death of a Damascus teenager was ordered held without bond yesterday until a preliminary hearing July 1.

Appearing from jail on closed-circuit television in Montgomery County District Court, Davonte O. Sharpe, 15, said his mother told him he had a lawyer, though none was present.

The youth was arrested Thursday at his home in Germantown and charged as an adult with murder, robbery and assault after an investigation led police to him and Tristen M. Bryant, 18, who turned himself in Thursday and will have a bond hearing Monday. The two live on the same street in Germantown.

Police are still seeking a third suspect they haven’t identified.

Ezekial Oak Babendreier, 18, of Damascus, was killed early Sunday in Germantown. According to court documents, he and a friend left a party to smoke cigarettes when they encountered the three suspects outside.

Police said Mr. Babendreier asked if he could buy marijuana from them. After the group settled on a price, the unidentified suspect drove away while the others walked to the next street over to complete the transaction.

Mr. Babendreier and his friend started arguing with the two youths when the third suspect drove up. Investigators think Davonte took a gun from the car and robbed the friend of $40, while Mr. Bryant pulled a knife and stabbed Mr. Babendreier.

Mr. Babendreier’s funeral will be held at St. Paul Catholic Church in Damascus today.

In court yesterday, a visibly drained Davonte ignored the judge’s warning that it was risky for him to talk without a lawyer present, and asked if his mother was in the room. She was.

“Could you tell her I love her, please?” he responded.


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