Edgewood Woman Charged with Threatening Witness in Bel Air Murder Case


BY KAYLA BAWROSKI, kabawroski@theaegis.com

4:51 PM EST, November 15, 2011

An Edgewood woman allegedly told another woman, scheduled to testify against her baby’s father in a high-profile Bel Air murder case, that the witness’s “body is gonna get painted all over the wall,” a reference to being injured or killed.

Danielle Lenae Kirksey, 23, of the 1900 block of Edgewater Drive, was charged with obstructing justice, fourth-degree burglary, intimidating or influencing a juror and retaliating against a witness after she allegedly threatened a woman testifying against Rakim Raid Muhammad, also known as Rakin in court records, a Parkville man awaiting trial in the July 2010 murder outside American Legion Post 55 on Bond Street in Bel Air.

Around 3:30 p.m. last Wednesday, according to charging documents, Kirksey approached a woman, in the 1900 block of Edgewater Drive, who had just testified in a Bel Air Police Department homicide investigation involving Muhammad.

A group of about 10 people were involved in the incident, according to charging documents, with Kirksey in the lead as they went to the witness’ residence. The woman ran out of a different side of the building to avoid them, but said she heard Kirksey allegedly say “I’m gonna kick her ass” at the door.

The woman’s boyfriend stayed behind in the residence with their children, according to charging documents, and answered the door to Kirksey, who tried to get into the residence and asked for the witness. Kirksey also allegedly called the witness a “snitch” and said, “I’ll be back, her body is gonna get painted all over the wall.”

Kirksey is the mother of Muhammad’s child, according to charging documents.

The homicide case relates back to July 2010, when Muhammad, 20 at the time, allegedly shot and killed Derrick Maxey Jr., 25, of Aberdeen, outside the American Legion on Bond Street in Bel Air. An Edgewood girl, who was 15 at the time, was also hit by stray gunfire.

Muhammad, 21, was found in a Baltimore rowhouse in November 2010 and is charged with first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree attempted murder, illegal possession of a firearm, firearm possession with a felony conviction, possessing a firearm or ammunition under the age of 21, carrying a handgun on his person, using a handgun in a violent crime and two counts of first-degree assault.

On Monday, Kirksey appeared before District Court Judge Susan Hazlett for a bail review hearing. She was represented by Attorney Cassandra Beverley, who also serves on the Harford County Board of Education.

Kirksey has lived in Harford County her entire life, Beverley said, is an Aberdeen High School graduate and has two children, one of whom was born in April. Kirksey has attended Medix School, had no criminal record outside of a probation before judgment in 2008, according to Beverley, and is not a flight risk.

She was surprised at the charges, Beverley added, having known the family for a while, and described Kirksey as a “hard-working” girl who “stays to herself” and “out of trouble.” Beverley requested reasonable bail.

Assistant States Attorney Robert Legg requested bail to remain as set and Hazlett, after calling the charges “extremely serious,” left the bail as set at $150,000.

On Tuesday, Kirksey was indicted in a Harford County Circuit Court case on the charges, two of which are felonies.

Both Muhammad and Kirksey were being held at the Harford County Detention Center as of 3 p.m. Tuesday.

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