Richard Cartnail is a teen killer from Maryland who would murder his seventeen year old girlfriend. According to court documents Richard Cartnail, who was sixteen at the time, would fatally shoot Ty’Kerria Katherine Dawson three times in the head while she walked near a creek bed. According to reports Richard Cartnail planned the murder with a fourteen year old girl who was waiting in the woods with a change of clothes and the murder weapon. The fourteen year old girl who was charged with murder is being dealt with in a juvenile court. Richard Cartnail would take the gun from the accomplice and then fatally shoot Ty’Kerria Katherine Dawson. Richard Cartnail would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to two life sentences.
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An 18-year-old Frederick man has been sentenced to life in jail for killing his 17-year-old girlfriend, Ty’Kerria Katherine Dawson, in 2020.
Richard Cartnail III was found guilty in 2021 of plotting to kill the victim, shooting her three times in the head on a walking trail near a creekbed. Her body was found there by a passerby, according to a press release.
Richard Cartnail, who was 16 when he committed the murder, was charged along with a 14-year-old girl. Both were originally charged as adults; the 14-year-old’s case has since been moved to juvenile court. Investigators said that, on the day of the murder, the 14-year-old girl was waiting in the wooded area with a bag containing a handgun and a change of clothes
In June 2020, Richard Cartnail and the victim walked from her home to the wooded area, where the 14-year-old girl was waiting. Cartnail took the gun out of the bag and shot the victim in the head.
Richard Cartnail was sentenced Wednesday morning to life plus 20 years in prison. He got two concurrent life sentences for first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.
Frederick County State’s Attorney Charlie Smith said in a statement that acted senselessly and has an utter lack of remorse. He deserves this sentence. This was a cold and calculated murder, and the manipulation of individuals around him was also egregious. This sentence sends a message that those who commit horrific acts of violence will be removed from the public for a long, long time.”
Ty’Kerria Dawson, who lived in Hagerstown, had been in a relationship, said investigators.
The Community Foundation of Washington County announced a memorial fund for Ty’Kerria, who was known as “Tootie.” The foundation noted she had just recently graduated Antietam Academy, and she “enjoyed time with family and friends, was a familiar face within her community, and loved to dance.”
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An 18-year-old Frederick man was sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years Wednesday for the murder of his 17-year-old girlfriend.
A jury convicted Richard Eugene Cartnail III of first-degree murder in the death of Ty’Kerria Katherine Dawson of Hagerstown in December. Cartnail was also convicted of gun charges related to the killing.
“The defendant acted senselessly and has an utter lack of remorse. He deserves this sentence,” State’s Attorney Charlie Smith said in a statement. This was a cold and calculated murder, and the manipulation of individuals around him was also egregious. This sentence sends a message that those who commit horrific acts of violence will be removed from the public for a long, long time.”
Someone walking their dog in a wooded area found Dawson’s body on June 27, 2000, near a creek bed at the end of Briargrove Court. Deputies with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office discovered shell casings and other physical evidence at the scene.
Detectives later learned a 14-year-old girl helped Cartnail, who was 16 at the time. She told deputies she handed him the gun and provided a change of clothes for him after the murder. Prosecutors said Dawson had been shot three times in the head.
The girl agreed to testify for the prosecution. In exchange, her case will be handled in juvenile court. She has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and possessing a regulated firearm.