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Details Emerge in Brutal Lansdowne Slaying

Ryan Jackson, 18, killed with hatchet, according to police.

Jasmine Mills knew something was wrong. Ryan Jackson, her childhood sweetheart and the father of their baby due at the end of this month, wasn’t answering his cell phone on the afternoon of Wednesday, Oct. 12.

After an appointment at the obstetrician’s office, the couple, both 18, returned to the house they shared with her family in the 800 block of Seckel Court in Lansdowne at around 2 p.m.

The couple had lunch and then Jackson left around 3 p.m. “He said he was going to hang out with friends” and would be back "in a little while," Mills told Arbutus Patch.

When Mills hadn’t heard from him by dinner, she began to worry. According to Baltimore County police reports, Mills called Jackson’s cell phone repeatedly between 8 p.m. and midnight, and the calls went directly to voice mail every time.

“I knew something was wrong because he never not answered his phone,” she said. “He would always answer or call me right back.”

Mills spent the next two days looking for Jackson and posting flyers with his photo and a description of his tattoos. She searched the neighborhood of rented townhouses arranged in connected cul-de-sacs, where Jackson was known and liked.

Mills questioned Larry Horton, a neighbor and stepfather of Jackson’s friend. Horton and his wife, Angelena, were living with another man, Dale Crites, a block away on the 700 block of Rambo Court.

Horton’s story kept changing, Mills said. According to Mills, Horton at first said he saw Jackson standing in front of Horton's house talking with someone, but later said that Jackson ducked inside his house briefly to get out of the rain. He also told a third story that was inconsistent with the other two, Mills said.

“Everything brought us back to Rambo Court,” Mills said. “That’s the last place he was seen.”

Missing Person

According to Baltimore County police, Mills filed a missing person report at around 12:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14.

Later in the afternoon, Mills and her mother, Dorah Precht, walked to Rambo Court. As they approached, according to police, they saw Crites pull his green 1996 Buick into the parking lot in front of his residence.

Larry Horton exited the vehicle with a Bissell carpet cleaning machine that he took inside the house, according to police.

Angelena Horton, according to witnesses, was seen at the time wearing a hospital gown and had bandages on her arms.

Crites dropped off the Hortons and drove away, according to charging documents.

Precht said that she then asked Horton if he saw Jackson on Wednesday afternoon and was told a different story than the previous day.

"It Was Just Blood Splattered Everywhere"

On Saturday Oct. 15, Mills said she woke at 4 a.m. and the family was out searching for Jackson by 6 a.m. Word arrived quickly that the Hortons had moved out.

“Somebody said they saw Larry and Angie carrying two bags of their clothes and left in a truck” between 1 and 3 a.m. Saturday morning, Mills said.

A group of people, including Jackson’s family and Mills’ family, went back to the Rambo Court house around mid-day on Saturday and knocked on the door. Crites opened the door and confirmed that the Hortons were gone.

The group asked to come inside the home and look around. Crites admitted them into the living room.

“It looked like somebody was beaten to death,” Precht said. “It was just blood splattered everywhere—all four walls, the ceiling, the couch, all on the floor. It was everywhere.”

As they walked on the carpet, cleaning fluid squished beneath their feet, they said.

A "significant amount of cast-off blood was found around the living room," a subsequent police report noted. "The carpet in the living room was soaking wet."

“Once we saw the blood, we didn’t want to be in there,” Mills said. “Common sense says don’t go in there, call the police,” which they did.

When the police responded, Crites told them what he said Larry Horton had relayed to him: Angelena had sliced her wrists the previous Tuesday and the blood was from her swinging her arm around, Crites said.

“They said the blood was from Angie swinging her arm around after a suicide attempt,” Precht said. “Oh come on. You aren’t getting all four walls, swinging your arm.”

Baltimore County police declined to comment on specifics related to the investigation of Jackson’s death, which has been ruled a homicide and for which Horton has been charged.

“We are not in a position to comment,” said police spokesperson Det. Cathleen Batton.

Mills and her family were certain something terrible had happened to Jackson.

“After [the police] left, we searched," Mills said. "We searched the woods all around here, from Hillcrest [Park at Lansdowne Road] down to the Royal Farms [at Hammonds Ferry Road].”

A member of the search group went back to Rambo Court and opened a garbage bag behind the house. Inside was a bloody blanket covered with black hairs, according to Precht.

“We called the police again, and they said the same thing, that the blood was from something else,” Mills said. “We kept telling them it was more than that.”

Mills, Precht and others say that a police officer took the bloody blanket and left.

Cause of Death: "Multiple Chopping Wounds"

According to police, Jackson's body was found by a passerby at around 2:02 p.m. on Oct. 15 in a trash-strewn wooded area off the 5500 block of Pennington Avenue in Curtis Bay, an industrial section of Baltimore City.

Jackson's body had "visible traumatic injuries," police officials said.

Police obtained a search warrant and secured the Rambo Court residence. According to police, bloody curtains were found in a white trash bag in the living room. Two trash bags were found sitting just outside the back door. Inside these bags were a hatchet and several other bloody items, two empty bottles of bleach with blood on them and Jackson's wallet.

"When [the police] took the couch outside, you could see a whole imprint of Ryan's body underneath," Mills said.

"You could tell his body had been there," Precht said. "You could see his head, his arms."

An autopsy at the medical examiner's office found that Jackson had been killed by "multiple chopping wounds."

"I know Ryan tried to defend himself," Mills said. "When we went to the funeral home, they said he had cuts all along his hands and arms. So he tried."

"He Lied To Me"

Crites, who described himself as a church-going man who allowed the Hortons to live with them as a favor, denied knowing that a killing had taken place in his living room. "There's no way I'd be involved in anything like that," he told Arbutus Patch.

On Wednesday, Oct. 12, Crites said, he arrived home after his regular 2-10 p.m. work shift at a Glen Burnie supermarket and didn't notice anything out of the ordinary.

"I came home, went into the kitchen to make a sandwich and went upstairs," he said.

Crites said he has known Angelena Horton since she was a teenager and gave the couple a place to stay after Larry's release from Anne Arundel Detention Center on Oct. 3, where according to court records he was being held on a probation violation related to a 2009 second-degree assault.

On Wednesday night, Horton asked to borrow Crites' car, saying he wanted to take a toy locker from the backyard to his mother's house in Brooklyn Park, Crites said.

"He said he was going to his mother's house," Crites said. "He lied to me. He used my car to dump the body."

On Friday, Oct. 14, according to police, Horton called Crites at work and said he needed to get a carpet cleaning machine from his mother's house and to pick up Angelena at St. Agnes Hospital, where she had been admitted.

They arrived in the parking lot at Crites' home in time to meet Mills and her mother.

"We didn't pick up on it Friday, when we were all standing there and he brought the shampoo machine right past us," Precht said. "And her in a hospital gown with stuff all on her arms, like she unplugged herself and walked out. All of this right in front of us."

Arrested in Alabama

The Hortons were tracked to a motel in Bayou La Batre, about 20 miles away from Mobile, AL. A task force of the U.S. Marshals arrested the Hortons on Oct. 19. They are being held at the Mobile Metro Jail pending extradition to Maryland.

Larry Eugene Horton, 37, has been charged with first degree murder. According to Baltimore County police officials, Angelena Horton is being held on probation and parole violation.

Jackson had known the Hortons for many years and was friends with their stepson, Mills said. "That's why he thought it was an okay place to be, since he'd known them for a long while," she said.

According to Mills, Jackson was killed as part of a robbery. "Larry hit him upside the head and robbed him," she said. "He needed money to buy his drugs."

Resorting to violence was unnecessary, Mills said. Jackson would have given Horton the money.

"All Larry had to do was ask and Ryan would have given him the money," Mills said. "He gave money to every bum on the street. He gave money out until there were no more ones in his pocket."

"A Good-Hearted Person"

Candles are still lit at the memorial set up in front of the Rambo Court home where Jackson died.

"He's always been a good kid," said Mills' stepfather, Charlton Allen. "That's why it hurts so much, because of the person he was. He brought everybody around him close to him. If you met him, you'd be close to him immediately. He was a good-hearted person."

"He was the sweetest thing I ever met," said Mills, who had known Jackson since they were 2.

"He cared for me and this baby," she said. "He was focused on this baby. That's all he cared about. He was looking forward to being a father."

The baby, due at any time, is a boy who will be named after his father; Ryan Wesley Jackson, Jr.

Sean Tully October 27, 2011 at 01:38 PM
What a horrible crime.
Karen Carothers October 27, 2011 at 01:53 PM
Rambo Court is in Riverview, not Lansdowne. Why is it so difficult for even local reporters to get these things straight?
Granny Sue October 27, 2011 at 02:44 PM
"He's always been a good kid," said Mills' stepfather, Charlton Allen. "That's why it hurts so much, because of the person he was. He brought everybody around him close to him. If you met him, you'd be close to him immediately. He was a good-hearted person." He went to a known drug house hmmmm just to visit??? Read the prior article- http://arbutus.patch.com/articles/jackson
Brandi October 27, 2011 at 03:31 PM
I do not know any of these people. But may he rest in peace may his son know the good of his father. Granny Sue your comment wasn't needed. I lost a friend of mine in Dec 2010 in a very tragic way. She had her faults as every human does. And the same thing was done in the comments of her article she was bad mouthed and torn apart. Let their souls be in peace. So as my mother taught me if you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all. Let his family mourn and let them be in peace.
Granny Sue October 27, 2011 at 09:08 PM
Brandi, Yes may he rest in piece. I do feel for his family and may they teach his young son that his dad could have been a loving father and friend to others. But we need to start realizing although family members will always say what a kind person he was, some times it is better not to say anything.
Kristen Reza October 28, 2011 at 03:13 AM
While I agree with you, no one deserves to die even if he or she puts himself in a bad position. Let this family have some peace after such a brutal attack on their son, brother, girlfriend....
Sean Tully October 28, 2011 at 03:28 PM
Wow, Granny, that's a pretty thin statement. I am surprised you can deduct so much from this article. Maybe Jackson didn't know it was a "drug house". Maybe he was stopping by to see if his friend was there, since Horton was the step-father of his friend. I don't know the answer to any of this, but, apparently you have some keen insight. Amazing.
Sean Tully October 28, 2011 at 03:30 PM
Granny, again you make some remarkable statements. Why shouldn't family and friends say nice things about the murdered youth? I don't get why you think they would have been better off not saying anything? Can you explain?
Candy Lady October 30, 2011 at 02:35 PM
Granny sue I will pray for you because of the ways you think. I hope god will forgive you. no child at the age of 18,warm hearted father to be deserves to be murder. Not any child bad or good
Momof2n1ontheway November 13, 2011 at 08:34 AM
Yeah I gotta agree with granny I know these people and yea it's good to say nice things but don't make them out to be something there not I know both partys and uea it's sad that two familys lost a son and it's a sad situation
John Derossett November 23, 2011 at 08:24 PM
@-> Karen Corothers: Riverdale is a sub-division of Lansdowne I once lived there - We moved because of the violence in that court. Every fight we seen, had Horton as the center of it. I told my wife then: Either someone is going to kill him, or he's going to kill somebody, and damn if he didn't.
John Derossett November 23, 2011 at 08:26 PM
I meant Riverview
Mandy stewart January 17, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Im curious what happend to angelena Horton? The wife.
jack Meoff February 01, 2013 at 12:03 AM
Ryan Jackson was a known drug dealer in the lansdown area. there are dozens of crack heads that would kill you for 20 dollars and not think anything about, Larry was the first person they grabbed Larry was beat by these drug dealing A holes several times. I believe it was self defence and the gang member got what he deserved.
His Wife February 13, 2013 at 10:13 PM
If your on here saying some dumb shit like this then you dont kno both parties because if you did no both families you would know ryan and know they we aint just saying it to make it sound better he was a good person. do me a favor go and look up both ryan and larry's records. and tell me who the hell is more of a murder. gun and drug charges on ryans and second agree assault, robbery and more on larry. no further comments god bless you and granny old ass
His Wife February 14, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Gang member? How an u make that assumption?
John February 18, 2013 at 06:54 AM
I sincerely doubt there was anything close to self-defense to it. I didn't know Jackson except maybe by site, but Horton was, without a doubt, a thief and a junkie. I watched him beat on the older man they were living with, but it was over before the cops came. Had the asshole been in jail like he should have been for all his shit, I have no doubt Jackson would be alive today.
D lady February 20, 2013 at 08:55 PM
Thank you john!! The truth will win in the end. Everybody even larry's family knows what he is trash. How do you as a mother feel to have raised something so evil. She seen the pictures of what he did. But the whole family looked like trash and junkies. Angie looked high too what a waste of life.
Lorrie Smith March 07, 2013 at 09:30 PM
I did know Mr. Horton and his family. His mother DID not raise him. He was put through hell as a child back and forth between his parents. Its a shame that his dad left him at a early age for Brenda (crackwhore) He larry sr could have been more a family man and had more respect for his children then little Larry may have grown up to be a different person and would maybe not looked to drugs for what he was missing in life a decent father figure. This behavior DOESNT give little Larry a free pass or make what he did correct by any means. At the end of the day two familes are hurt. Im not defending what happend at all , ITS SAD , Mr.Jackson has a baby that will never know his father AND MY HEART GOES OUT TO HIS GIRLFRIEND AND FAMILY HOWEVER when your caught up in the drug game, sometimes these results happen.
RENEE May 22, 2013 at 04:43 AM
IV'E KNOWN ANGIE SINCE WE WERE ABOUT 5 AND I TOLD HER YEARS AGO LARRY WAS NOTHING BUT TROUBLE EVER SINCE SHE GOT WITH HIM IT WAS TROUBLE THEY BOTH USED DRUGS ALL THETIME THATS WHY WE STOPPED AND I DO BELIVE LARRY KILLED THAT BOY BUT I ALSO BELIVE HE DIDNT DO IT ALONE ANGIE USE TO BE A GREAT FRIEND BUT WHEN SHE GOT WITH LARRY THAT ALL CHANGED SHE BECAME JUST LIKEHIM A LIER ,THIFT AND A DRUG USER I FELT SORRY FOR DALE HE'S A GREAT GUY WHO JUST WANTED TO HELP ANGIE BUT SHE DIDNT WANT HELP SO I THINK SHE NEEDS TO BE RIGHT WHERE LARRY IS COME ON PEOPLE DO U THINK SHE WASNT THERE IN THE HOUSE WHEN ALL THIS TOOK PLACE AND I DONT CARE WHAT KIND OF LIFE U Had THAT DOES NOT MAKE IT OK TO TAKE AWAY A SON,FATHER,BOTHER,AND A HUSBAND SO PEOPLE STOP TRYING TO JUSTFIE WHAT HE DID HE MURDER SO ONE SO HE IS RIGHT WHERE HE BELONGS AND IF THEY WOULD HAVE LEFT HIM THERE THAT LITTLE BOY WOULD HAVE HIS DAD GOD BLESS RYAN FAMILY
John Derossett June 09, 2013 at 04:17 AM
Well, this is all said and done now. Horton will not be able to hurt anyone else, and I think that the boys in the big house will have a field day with him. I feel sorry for the whole situation really. Everywhere you look int he scenario, there is a horrible waste of life, whether it's because Ryan is now dead, or because Horton will spend the rest of his life in jail. Yes, I did know them, and yes they came to my house many times, wanting to use the phone, trying to change quarters into dollars to buy their drugs. More than anything, Dale has to live in a house now where someone was murdered. The parents that lost their sons - one in death and one in prison. I think Larry is extremely lucky that he did not get the death penalty on this one.

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