Former Baltimore police sergeant indicted, linked to slain cop

BALTIMORE, Md. — A Baltimore police sergeant who was indicted on Friday on charges of planting evidence is linked to slain detective Sean Suiter, reports the Baltimore Sun.

Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, 37, was indicted on charges relating to a 2010 arrest that prosecutors say was based on planted evidence. Det. Suiter was shot in the head with his own service revolver on November 15, a day before he was scheduled to testify in front of a grand jury that was investigating the Baltimore Police Department’s gun task force.

Jenkins, a member of that force, is accused of duping Suiter in 2010 into finding drugs that Jenkins had planted in a car.

“The [FBI and U.S. attorney’s office] told me then and tell me now as recently as today that they do not believe that Sean Suiter’s pending grand jury testimony had any connection to the Broken Boundaries corruption investigation,” said police commissioner Kevin Davis at a Friday press conference. “That’s what they told me. They know that I have repeated that to the community and they know that I’ll repeat it again.”

A release from the U.S. Attorney’s office says that Jenkins is accused of planting 28 grams of heroin in a car, then pursuing the vehicle, leading to a car accident. The USAO is asking for the court to vacate the convictions of the two men who were arrested after the heroin was found in their car. One of the men was released from prison in August after these allegations came to light.