Second death in White Marsh arson case ruled homicide

Christopher Harrison
Christopher Harrison Jr.

The death of a second victim stemming from an altercation in White Marsh in 2015 has been ruled a homicide.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has concluded the autopsy on victim Shawn Michael Scarinzi, labeling his death a homicide.

Scarinzi remained hospitalized from the time of the incident on December 4, 2015 until his death on May 22, 2017, seventeen months after being doused with gasoline and set on fire on Pulaski Highway following an altercation with the suspect, Christopher Harrison, Jr.

The case has been forwarded to the Maryland State’s Attorney for review.

Harrison remains in the custody of the Maryland Department of Corrections, found guilty on charges stemming from the initial assault.

He is awaiting trial for the homicide of the other victim, David Benjamin Campbell, scheduled for November 13, 2017.

After running out of gas on Pulaski Highway near Allender Road on December 4,2015, Campbell and Scarinzi were returning with containers of gasoline when an altercation erupted between Campbell and Harrison, resulting in Campbell punching Harrison.

Harrison doused Campbell with gasoline and lit him on fire.

Scarinzi, who was standing near Campbell with a container of gasoline, also became engulfed in flames.

Both victims remained hospitalized until the time of their deaths.

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