Two arrested in fatal shooting of taxi driver in Crownsville

CROWNSVILLE, Md. - Two men were arrested for allegedly robbing and fatally shooting a taxi driver last week in Crownsville.

Michael Wallace, 23, of Fort Meade and Trevor Snead, 17, of Charles County, are facing first-degree murder, armed robbery and other related charges in the March 12 death of Benjamin “Benny” Delano Kirby, 41, of Annapolis.

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Anne Arundel County police said Kirby was discovered around 6 a.m. on March 12 inside a taxi minivan located in the 11000 block of Honeysuckle Lane. Kirby was shot once.

Police said the break in the case occurred at about 8 p.m. March 14 when they responded to a call for a burglary in the700 block of Governor Bridge Road.

Inside the residence, police found Snead hiding and they took him into custody without incident. As part of the burglary investigation, officers located a truck at the scene and determined it was allegedly stolen by Snead.

Police said a search of the truck uncovered multiple pieces of evidence linking Snead to Kirby’s murder. The evidence included a pair of bloodstained pants with the blood being linked to Kirby. Police also found.45 caliber rounds of ammunition, which was consistent with what was recovered at the murder scene. Snead’s finger print was also found in Kirby’s taxi.

Police said Snead admitted his involvement in the murder and robbery of Kirby and implicated Wallace in the crime as well. As the investigation progressed, police said Snead and Wallace were seen on surveillance footage of a business located not far from the murder scene buying beverages for Snead and himself with money allegedly taken during the robbery.

Early Thursday morning, Wallace was arrested in his home and taken into custody without incident. Police said Wallace also admitted his role in Kirby’s death.

Even with the arrests of Wallace and Snead, this investigation is very active and detectives are urging anyone with information on this case to call police at 410-222-3463410-222-3463 or Metro Crime Stoppers.

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