Body Found in Brandywine Is Identified

Prince George's County police said yesterday they have identified a woman who was shot to death and dumped along a rural road in Brandywine.

The body of Tevra Rasheen Whitfield, 19, of the 4200 block of Leisure Drive in Temple Hills, was discovered by two county maintenance workers about 9 a.m. Tuesday under a grove of trees in the 12900 block of Cherry Tree Crossing Road.

Police said they don't have a suspect in the case. Investigators said they were still looking for a white 1991 Mercedes-Benz 190E with Maryland license plates FJD-293, in which Whitfield was last seen riding.

Man Charged in Hijacking of School Bus

A Mount Rainier man has been charged with kidnapping and reckless endangerment in the hijacking of a school bus in Chillum, Prince George's County police said yesterday.

Tabron B. Tyler, 21, of the 4100 block of 28th Avenue in Mount Rainier, was charged with four counts of abduction of a child under 12 years old, five counts of reckless endangerment, theft and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, police said. He was being held in the county jail in lieu of $750,000 bond, police said.

Police said Tyler climbed in a back window of a Prince George's school bus as it was idling at Sargent and Chillum roads about 3:30 p.m. Thursday. He allegedly sped off with four children still inside and hit a car before police stopped him two blocks away.


Killer of 3 in SE Gets 100 Years to Life

Lydell Banks, 22, convicted of murdering three women inside a Southeast Washington crack house in 1996, was sentenced yesterday to 100 years to life behind bars, making it likely he will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Detectives linked the nearby nonfatal shooting and robbery of Jose Witherspoon to Banks. Three of Banks's accomplices in the robbery told police that Banks admitted the killings.

Seventeen months after the July 19, 1996, shooting, Witherspoon coughed up a bullet that had lodged in the back of his throat. Surgeons removed a second slug. Ballistics tests connected the bullets to the gun used in the triple homicide.

A D.C. Superior Court jury deadlocked in October. Banks, who lived in the 100 block of 57th Place SE, was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder in a retrial.

NW Burglar to Serve at Least 10 Years

A D.C. Superior Court judge sentenced a District man yesterday to 10 to 30 years behind bars for three Cleveland Park burglaries, describing the crimes as "chilling," the U.S. attorney's office announced.

After 3 a.m. on Feb. 9, Edward Chandler, 24, and an unidentified accomplice broke into two homes in the 3300 block and 3500 block of Lowell Street NW. One victim awakened and called police. Among the stolen items was a purple 1993 Ford Taurus station wagon, which Chandler was driving when stopped by police that night.

On Jan. 29, also shortly after 3 a.m., Chandler and an accomplice broke into a home in the 2900 block of 28th Street NW through an unlocked kitchen door. They stole $400, a wallet, watches and keys to a 1997 Honda Civic. Chandler, formerly of Northwest Washington, crashed the car within days, prosecutors said.

Suspect in 2nd Slaying to Remain in Jail

A Superior Court judge has ordered Terry Boyd, the man accused of killing a 53-year-old Northwest Washington woman and suspected of slaying a second at a home the three shared, to remain in jail until his next court hearing.

Boyd has been charged with murder in the death of Harold Ann East. Boyd and East shared a home in the 600 block of Hamilton Street NW with Dorothy Redd, 65, who suffered from terminal cancer. Family and neighbors say Redd, whose body was found in the house along with East's on Oct. 1, considered Boyd her grandson. Boyd, 22, has not been charged in Redd's death.

Boyd shot himself in the head Oct. 10 after Virginia State Police surrounded him near Interstate 81. He survived and was extradited to the District, where he has been hospitalized.