Authorities investigate link between Laurel man and mother, child homicides

Friday, Dec. 15, 2006

After a Laurel woman and her 9-month-old baby were killed in South Laurel on Tuesday, the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services issued an emergency retake warrant for the man the victim had issued a peace warrant against earlier this month.

Karen V. Poe, spokeswoman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services said Lawrence Samartaney Banks, who also used the alias Malik Samartaney, was taken into custody for possibly technical violations.

‘‘He possibly did not inform his agent that he had changed his address and he possibly did not abide by the peace order that the woman [Brown] took out on him on Dec. 1,” she said.

Banks was on parole following his 2002 release from state prison.

In 1992, he was sentenced to 20 years in the second-degree murder of his son in Baltimore City and in 1993 he was sentenced to a concurrent 20 years for the second-degree murder of a friend in Anne Arundel County, Poe said.

‘‘An inmate is only required to serve one-third of his time and by statue he is allowed to accrue good time credit in order to reduce his sentence. So he served...almost 11 years,” she said. ‘‘We are compelled by Maryland law to release an inmate once he has served his time.”

Poe said that when Banks went to his regularly scheduled meeting with his parole agent Dec. 13 in Hyattsville, the sheriff noticed him arrested him and he was taken to the Prince George’s County Detention Center.

‘‘[Thursday] afternoon, he was moved from the Prince George’s County Detention Center to a prison in Jessup where he is now awaiting a revocation hearing to determine whether or not he did indeed violate any of the terms of his mandatory supervision,” she said.