Rosedale man convicted for second-degree murder and arson, conspiracy in Essex

A Rosedale man was convicted Thursday of second-degree murder and arson in the 2012 death of a Baltimore County man.
 
According to the Baltimore County State's Attorney's Office, Lennell Earl Ellis, 34, was convicted of second-degree murder, second-degree arson and conspiracy to commit second-degree arson.
 
The body of Darryl Maurice Augustus II was discovered early morning May 6, 2012 in a burning car at the intersection of Bay Road and Mitchell Avenue in Essex. Augustus’s body was burned beyond recognition and was identified by dental records, according to the state's attorney's office.
 
Augustus died from multiple stab wounds, according to the autopsy. A subsequent investigation found that Augustus had been stabbed to death by Ellis earlier in the same day at a Nottingham apartment. 
 
With the assistance of others, Ellis took the body to the location where it was discovered and set the car on fire. 
 
Three miles away, evidence was burned in another fire. The contents of the second fire were linked to the victim by DNA.
 
Ellis’s sentencing is set for May 6.
 
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