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Murder Ink

By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 12/19/2007

Murders This Week: 3
Murders This Year: 273

Monday, Dec. 10

7:53 p.m. Artavious Tubman, a 24-year-old African-American man, was in the 1300 block of Ballard Way in O'Donnell Heights when he was shot repeatedly. He tried to run but collapsed. Tubman died at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center at 8:41 p.m. He is the second person murdered in this block in the last two months.

Friday, Dec. 14

11:02 p.m. Police responded to a call for a man screaming for help in the 2900 block of Chelsea Terrace in Northwest Baltimore. Richard Lawson, a 24-year-old African-American man, had been shot and was lying on the steps outside his home. He died at Sinai Hospital less than an hour later.

Sunday, Dec. 16

4:18 a.m. Jamal Rowlett, a 20-year-old African-American man, and a friend, also a 20-year-old African-American man, left Club Choices, a nightclub a block north of the Charles Theatre. The two men walked to their car, which was parked in the 1700 block of North Calvert Street. They got into an argument with some people. Rowlett and his friend got into their car, and the people they were arguing with opened fire on them. Rowlett, who had been shot numerous times in the head and chest, drove away but hit several parked automobiles in the 2500 block of North Calvert Street before crashing the car. Rowlett was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he died at 5:06 a.m. His friend was later found suffering from a gunshot wound to the calf. He was also taken to hospital but survived.


On Dec. 10, Davon Pearson, a 20-year-old African-American man, was convicted of the murder of Howard Jones, a 26-year-old African-American man. According to the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office, a person identified only as "Bobby" asked Pearson to "take care of a problem for him"; in return, Pearson would allegedly receive an ounce of cocaine. The jury found that on Aug. 3, 2006, Pearson shot Jones in the back of the head in front of several witnesses. Pearson's fiancée and mother testified at the trial that Pearson was actually at a candlelight vigil aimed at protesting violence in the city at the time of the crime.

Mathaddues Rozier, a 26-year-old African-American man, pleaded guilty to the murder of Travis Harris, a 15-year-old African-American male, on Dec. 11. According to the State's Attorney, Harris was shot in the forehead at point-blank range on Dec. 27, 2005. Ten minutes earlier, Rozier allegedly murdered his own father, 79-year-old African-American man Alvester Rozier. Mathaddues Rozier is not being charged with his father's murder. Prosecutors declined to prosecute the case despite ballistic evidence because, according to a statement from the State's Attorney's Office, "the murder weapon was never found and there were no witnesses to the murder of Alvester Rozier, other than a small child that was in his care." Mathaddues Rozier was sentenced to 25 years in prison for Harris' murder.

Two teenagers were convicted of the April 14, 2006, murder of Bryant Jones, a 42-year-old African-American man. Jamal Charles, a 17-year-old African-American male, and Dwayne Drake, 18-year-old African-American man, were found guilty on Dec. 13. According to the State Attorney, Charles and Drake were at a party at Bryant's home for his daughter's 16th birthday. The two became disruptive and Jones asked them to leave. Charles and Drake left but returned asking for the dollar they paid to get into the party back. Jones argued with the teens. Drake is supposed to have said, "Show him how we take care of business in the 'hood," to Charles and handed Charles something. Charles then shot Jones numerous times and killed him. Jamal Charles' brother Williams Charles, 21-year-old African-American man, was convicted in March of witness intimidation in connection with the case and is serving seven years in prison.

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