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Fugitive arrested in Dorchester County homicide case

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BALTIMORE — Maryland State Police and members of a fugitive task force, assisted by Baltimore Police Department officers, Saturday, May 23, arrested a fugitive wanted for the murder of a Baltimore County man whose body was found three weeks ago in Dorchester County.

The suspect is identified as James A. Reddick Jr., 29, of Baltimore. Maryland State Police have charged Reddick with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit second-degree murder, first-degree assault, use of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime, robbery, reckless endangerment, and six charges related to the illegal possession and transportation of a handgun.

Reddick has a bail review hearing set for Tuesday, May 26, in Baltimore County. He will ultimately be transported to Dorchester County where the charges originated.

Reddick was wanted for the murder of Deontae V. Belcher, 25, of Rosedale. Belcher was found dead in a wooded area in Dorchester County on May 1. He had been last seen April 11, and his mother reported him missing to Baltimore County Police on April 18. The Dorchester County Sheriff requested the death be investigated by the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit. An autopsy determined Belcher died from gunshot wounds.

Members of the Maryland State Apprehension Team – Capital Area Regional Task Force had been searching for Reddick since an arrest warrant was issued. They located the suspect Saturday morning in a back yard in the 4500-block of Garrison Blvd., Baltimore. Investigators were assisted by Baltimore Police Department officers from the Northwest District. Reddick was arrested without incident and taken to the State Police Golden Ring Barracks for processing.

Additional departments assisting in this investigation include Baltimore County Police, Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office, Dorchester County State’s Attorney’s Office, Eastern Shore Information Center and Maryland State Police from the Criminal Enforcement Division, Golden Ring Barrack and Forensic Sciences Division.

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