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UPDATE: St. Michaels Teen Charged In Easton Teen's Murder

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TALBOT CO., Md. - In the small quaint town of St. Michaels, a shocking murder looms over a tight-knit community. A St. Michaels teenager is in custody, in connection with the death investigation of an Easton teenager.

An autopsy revealed 18-year-old Samuel Cross was strangled to death on the night of June 9. The suspect, is just a boy - 17-year-old Matthew Mikowski. Police say Cross and some acquaintances were hanging out behind Mikowski's home. According to reports, they may have been using LSD.

"LSD is a hallucinogen. It will make you see things or react inappropriately. As far as the exact effects it had that night, I can't tell you that," Maryland State Police Spokesperson Sergeant Marc Black said.

Witnesses tell police they watched Mikowski choke Cross to death that night. Sources tell WMDT Mikowski had been staying at a rehab center in Pennsylvania where he was arrested and taken into custody Tuesday afternoon, just over two weeks after the murder.

WMDT attempted to reach out to Mikowski's family to get some answers, but had no luck. Neighbors remain tight-lipped.

On June 10th, police received calls about a body, near Bozman-Neavitt Road and St. Michaels Road. Investigators arrived on scene and found Cross' body and his SUV nearby. They believe Cross' body was placed near his vehicle just about a mile down the street from where he was actually murdered. A cross now stands there in his memory. The cause of death was determined to be asphyxiation and the manner of death was ruled a homicide.

"As shocking as it is, I'm afraid that we're getting used to it. It happens so often and you hear so much about it, that it's kind of common place. Naturally, it's sad. But we're just accepting it as a way of life, and it's something that nobody seems to be able to do anything about it but just feel bad," Bob Ross said.

Mikowski will be tried as an adult. A Talbot County Grand Jury handed down the indictment Tuesday evening. The suspect faces a number of charges including second-degree murder and four counts of distributing LSD. He's being held at the Berks County Jail in Pennsylvania, pending extradition hearings.

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