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Teen Charged With Murder in Talbot County

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EASTON, Md.- A St. Michaels teenager has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of another teen.

Seventeen-year-old Matthew Mikowski was arrested in Wernersville, Pa., on Tuesday by the Maryland State Police Apprehension Unit.  He is charged with the murder of 18-year-old Samuel Cross of Easton.

In addition to the aforementioned murder charge, Mikowski is also charged with reckless endangerment, second-degree assault, and four counts of distribution of the drug LSD.

According to police, Cross and Mikowski were at a party behind Mikowski's home in St. Michaels on June 9.  Troopers also said the group may have been using LSD, and that Cross was killed by Mikowski when he tried to restrain Cross by the neck.

Local baseball coach Donnie Gowe was shocked to learn that this happened in the small community of Talbot County. 

"As a man who has devoted his life to kids, it's really hard on the heart," Gowe said. "It's just disheartening to see kids in this kind of trouble."

Cross' body was discovered on June 10 on Bozman-Neavitt Road in St. Michaels on a gravel shoulder.  The cause of death was ruled as asphyxiation. Police say more charges may be filed against Mikowski in connection with Cross' death. Troopers are currently working with police in Pennsylvania to extradite Mikowski back to Talbot County.

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