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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 10/11/2006

Murders This Week: 6
Murders This Year: 216

In last week’s column Janice Letmate was incorrectly identified as an African-American woman. Letmate was Caucasian. City Paper regrets the error.

Several homicide arrests have been made in recent weeks. On Sept. 5 police arrested Brian Fitzgerald, a 22-year-old African-American man, for the murder of Davon Hines.

Jonathan Everett, a 20-year-old African-American man, was arrested on Sept. 7 by federal marshals in St. Louis for the murder of Teon White.

On Sept. 15 police arrested LaTosca McCullough, a 26-year-old African-American woman, and Marquise Brown, a 27-year-old African-American man, for Darrell Artis’ murder.

Donnell Williams, a 23-year-old African-American man, was arrested Sept. 29 for the shooting of Cecil Saunders in a motel stairwell.

Braynell Gilchrist, a 21-year-old African-American man, was arrested Oct. 2 for shooting David Galloway.

On Oct. 4 police arrested Eddie Hawkins, a 28-year-old African-American man, for Darren Wilson’s murder.

And on Oct. 7, Sharod Mattox, a 20-year-old African-American man, was transported to Homicide from Central Booking, where he was being held for an unrelated offense. Mattox was charged with the murder of Andrew Jackson.

Monday, Oct. 2

12:57 a.m. Police officers were called to Gossip’s, a club at 21 S. Calvert St. in downtown Baltimore just two blocks from the Inner Harbor. There they found Stuart Griffith, a 35-year-old African-American man, shot to death on the third floor of the club. There had been a fight inside and shots were fired. Another person was also hit but survived. This is the 14th murder in the Central District this year; there were 14 in all of 2005.

6:05 a.m. Billy Horn, a 47-year-old African-American man, was standing outside his home in the 3800 block of Lyndale Avenue. His next-door neighbor, Marvin Ferguson, a 40-year-old African-American man, came outside. The two argued and Ferguson allegedly went inside his home, grabbed a shotgun, came back out, and shot Horn in the back of the head. Ferguson then went back into his house and barricaded himself inside. Horn was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 6:38 a.m. Ferguson remained in his home until 12:40 p.m. when police were finally able to enter. They arrested him for Horn’s murder.

9:16 p.m. Bernard Davis, a 16-year-old African-American male, was walking with a friend in the 1700 block of North Castle Street when someone started shooting at them. The two ran. Davis, who was shot in the head and upper body, was found several blocks away. His 17-year-old friend was also hit. Both were taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital where Davis died the next day. His friend survived. This is the eighth murder in Broadway East this year.

Wednesday, Oct. 4

12:20 p.m. Just after noon police found Herbert Betz, a 30-year-old Caucasian man, lying on the sidewalk at the corner of St. Margaret and Jeffrey streets in Brooklyn. He had been shot several times and died at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Betz was in the rear of the 1000 block of Bristol Place, an area police say is notorious for drug trafficking. Betz was being robbed by two people when he was shot.

9:35 p.m. That night, Sean Dill, a 32-year-old African-American man, was standing in the 1200 block of North Luzerne Avenue. He was talking to some people when someone approached and opened fire on the group, hitting Dill and another person. Dill was shot several times and died at Hopkins Hospital half an hour later. The other victim survived.

Saturday, Oct. 7

8:30 a.m. Police found Leonard Garrett, a 24-year-old African-American man, lying against a curb in the 800 block of Winans Way in Leakin Park. He wasn’t breathing and his head was swollen and bruised. He died at St. Agnes Hospital less than an hour later. An autopsy revealed that he had been shot in the head. Police believe that Garrett was shot elsewhere and dumped in the park.

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