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Murder Ink

By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 2/27/2008

Murders This Week: 3
Murders This Year: 24

The man found shot to death in a vacant lot Feb. 2 has been identified as Cumberland Richardson Jr., a 62-year-old African-American man from the Mondawmin neighborhood.

Monday, Feb. 18

2:40 a.m. After a large group of people left Paradox, a dance club on Russell Street, the crowd spilled over to the Staples parking lot down the street, near M&T Bank Stadium. A fight broke out, shots were fired, and two people were hit. A 20-year-old African-American man was shot in the head, chest, and hip and was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. He died at 2:58 a.m. The other person who was shot survived. Police are waiting until the fatal victim's family has been notified of his death, to release his name.

Wednesday, Feb. 20

5:30 p.m. Henry Davis, a 48-year-old African-American man, was shot in the head in the 1100 block of North Chester Street in the Middle East neighborhood. He died before he could be taken to the hospital.

Sunday, Feb. 24

8:37 p.m. Police were called to the scene of a shooting at the corner of Chase Street and Milton Avenue. There they found a 23-year-old African-American man who had been shot several times in the body. He died at Johns Hopkins Hospital at 10:50 p.m. His name is being withheld by police until his family is notified. This murder was just four blocks from where Henry Davis was killed a few days earlier.


On Feb. 19, Lorenzo Speight, a 33-year-old African-American man, pleaded guilty to murder and other charges for the murder of Darren Mebane, a 21-year-old African-American. Police were in the area around the 1800 block of Walbrook Avenue on Oct. 18, 2007 when they saw Mebane running from a man firing a gun. They later identified Speight as the gunman. After shooting Mebane, Speight got into a car. Police followed the car. Speight jumped out of the car in an alley near Dukeland and Baker streets, and police arrested him. They found the murder weapon on the roof of a house near where Speight jumped out of the car. The driver of that car, Aaron Davis, a 32-year-old African-American man, has also been brought up on charges. He is scheduled to stand trial in April.

On Feb. 14, Juanita Robinson, a 27-year-old African-American woman, was found guilty of the murder of Andre McBride, a 21-year-old African-American man. McBride was shot in the thigh, back, and back of the head in the kitchen of Robinson's apartment in the 6600 block of Knottwood Court on March 31, 2007. Robinson, who was McBride's girlfriend, said at the time that they were arguing but claimed that someone else shot him. The police crime lab tested her hands, however, and found that they "were immediately adjacent to a discharging firearm or were themselves used to fire the firearm," according to charging documents. This was Robinson's second murder charge. On June 28, 2004, Robinson pleaded guilty to manslaughter for stabbing Derrick Colbert, a 16-year-old African-American male, to death. According to charging documents, 16-year-old Colbert was the boyfriend of Robinson's twin sister, Donita, who was 23 at the time. Donita and Colbert got into an altercation on Dec. 19, 2003. Colbert left the apartment but returned later and was kicking at the door and window to get in. Juanita opened the door and got into an altercation with Colbert herself that ended with her stabbing him in the chest. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison, all but six months suspended, and three years of supervised probation.

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