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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 2/8/2006

Murders This Week: 4
Murders This Year: 33

The death of Richard Lee Witherspoon, a 57-year-old African-American man, was added to the homicide rolls last week. He died in November, 15 years after he was badly beaten in the Greenmount West neighborhood. On July 18, 1990, Witherspoon was crossing the street in the 1800 block of Barclay Street near North Avenue when he was attacked by three men. They punched him, kicked him, and hit him with a bat, breaking his jaw and paralyzing him on the right side of his body. Witherspoon was being cared for at a nursing home, but he was brought to Maryland General Hospital, where he died Nov. 6, because he was having trouble breathing. On Jan. 9 his death was ruled a homicide by blunt-force trauma as a result of the 1990 beating. No one has been arrested for the crime.

Thursday, Feb. 2

9:45 p.m. Three people were at a gas station at the corner of Cold Spring Lane and York Road when they got into a fight with a man. The three got into their car and tried to drive away, but the man pulled out a gun and started shooting at the car, striking two of the three people inside. The car crashed into a retaining wall three blocks away. Ricky Medley, a 19-year-old African-American man, was shot in the head and died at Good Samaritan Hospital at 10:30 p.m. Martrell Brown, a 16-year-old African-American, was shot in the face and taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he died at 8:30 p.m. the next day.

Friday, Feb. 3

11:33 p.m. Kurt Lamont Bowie, a 23-year-old African-American man, and a friend were at the Raven House bar in the 3700 block of Hanover Street when they got into an argument with some people. The police were called, but by the time they arrived everyone involved in the disagreement had left. Police found a car with its engine running a few blocks away in the 3800 block of Potee Street. The windows were broken and there were bullet marks on the car. Nearby police officers found Bowie shot in the face; he died at 2:44 a.m. at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Bowie’s friend was also found shot, but he survived. Bowie is the 11th person murdered this year as part of a multiple shooting.

Saturday, Feb. 4

3:30 p.m. Mitchell Briggs Jr., a 33-year-old African-American man, was found lying near the poker machines just inside the Yom’s Food Market in the 1600 block of Abbotston Street. He had been shot several times and died at Johns Hopkins Hospital an hour later.

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