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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 11/28/2007

Murders This Week: 1
Murders This Year: 265

Two deaths from earlier this year were added to the homicide total this week. On June 5 at 3 a.m., Bryanna Harris, a 2-year-old African-American female, was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital by medics. She died there 15 minutes later. There were no obvious signs of foul play, but an autopsy later that day revealed blunt-force trauma to the toddler's stomach. On Aug. 7 police were notified that the results of the toxicology test revealed that Harris had a substantial amount of methadone in her body. On Oct. 19 the medical examiner ruled the girl's death to be a homicide caused by the combination of methadone intoxication and blunt-force trauma. Police believe she was killed in her home in the 1700 block of East 25th Street in Darley Park. No arrests have been made. Harris is the first child under the age of 15 to be murdered in Baltimore City this year.

On Oct. 12 at 1:15 p.m. police went to the 2100 block of Crimea Road near Dickey Hill Elementary School for a shooting. When they got there they found Martay Powell, a 22-year-old African-American man, on the floor inside an apartment building. He had been shot in the head. He died at Sinai Hospital at 5 p.m. that night. According to Powell's girlfriend, who is a corrections officer, there was a long history of domestic violence in her relationship with Powell. She told police that Powell was trying to shoot her, but that she was able to get the gun away from him and shot him. Powell's death was ruled a homicide on Oct. 16.

The death of Ron Jones, a 21-year-old African-American man, is not being considered a homicide. Jones was fatally shot by police on Nov. 15, but that shooting has been ruled justified.

Friday, Nov. 23

10:20 p.m. Robert Gray, a 36-year-old African-American man from Jacksonville, Fla., was found lying in the street in the 1000 block of Boyd Street near Hollins Market. He had been shot repeatedly in the head, back, legs, and butt. He died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center less than an hour later.


A 2004 murder was closed by exception last week. On July 9, 2004, Calvin Watkins Jr., a 25-year-old African-American man, was shot in the back in a parking lot. Police believe that Damian Mitchell, a 28-year-old African-American man, killed Watkins. Mitchell was shot and killed Dec. 11, 2005.

On Nov. 13, police arrested Brandon Wall, a 21-year-old African-American man. He was charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery for the May 25 death of Perry Brooks, a 49-year-old African-American man.

Robert James, a 25-year-old African-American man, was arrested on Nov. 19 and charged with the Nov. 8 double shooting that killed Leonard Hunt, a 44-year-old man whose race has been listed by police as "other."

That same day, police arrested two youths from the Greenmount West neighborhood for the Oct. 13 murder of Deron Hope, a 16-year-old African-American male. Kenneth Robbins, a 15-year-old African-American male, and William Key, a 18-year-old African-American male, were charged with Hope's murder.

Mark Lee Johnson, a 26-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to 50 years in prison on Nov. 19 for a Jan. 22, 2006, double shooting that left 21-year-old African-American man Antwoine Armstead dead.

Two suspects have been charged in the Nov. 23, 2006, murder of John Dowery, a 38-year-old African-American man. Melvin Gilbert, a 32-year-old African-American man, who was already incarcerated, and Darron Goods, a 23-year-old African-American man, were charged on Nov. 20 with Dowery's murder. Dowery was shot inside the Kozy Korner bar on Thanksgiving night. A woman was also shot during the incident but survived.

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