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Former Columbia Resident Indicted in Cold Case Homicide(2)

June 4, 2009

Howard County State’s Attorney Dario J. Broccolino, along with Howard County Police Chief William J. McMahon, announced today that after a lengthy police investigation followed by a four-month grand jury investigation, Clarence Michael Banks, Jr. has been indicted for the 2003 murder of Terrence Armstead.


On July 26, 2003 police responded to a call of shots being fired in the 9600 block of Basket Ring Rd. in Columbia, where they discovered the body of a man lying on the sidewalk. He was identified as Terrence Armstead, 34, of the 9600 block of Basket Ring Rd.


The initial investigation failed to produce sufficient evidence to file charges in the case. Recently, the case was re-examined by the Howard County Police Department’s Cold Case Unit, working closely with the State’s Attorney’s Office. Evidence was presented to the grand jury, which returned an indictment charging Banks with first-degree murder. With the case originating by the grand jury, no further details are available.


The May 27 indictment was unsealed when a detainer was lodged against Banks, 26, who is serving a five-year prison sentence for the December 12, 2005 armed robbery of a Columbia gas station. He is in the custody of the Maryland Division of Corrections. Prior to that arrest, he resided in the 5800 block of Stevens Forest Rd.


No court date has been set for Banks’ arraignment.