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Anna Ditkoff

By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 3/12/2008

Murders This Week: 4
Murders This Year: 33

The Baltimore Police Department has released the names of the two people murdered in Central Park Heights this year. The teenage girl, who was found shot in the head in a vacant lot on Feb. 16, has finally been identified. She was Tyisha Brown, a 15-year-old African-American female, who lived with her grandparents in Woodlawn. Brown is one of four minors murdered this year. Anthony Underwood, a 29-year-old African-American man, was the person found shot to death in a living room of a residence in the 5000 block of Denmore Avenue on March 1.

Monday, March 3

10:17 p.m. D'Andre Jackson, a 35-year-old African-American man, was found lying on the sidewalk in the 2800 block of West Lafayette Avenue in West Baltimore. He had been shot in the head and died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center less than an hour later.

Tuesday, March 4

2:50 a.m. Dalion Stanley, a 45-year-old African-American man, and his girlfriend, 38-year-old African-American woman Utisha McFadden, were fighting in the lobby of an apartment building across from Druid Lake. According to police, Stanley kicked McFadden, banging her head into a wall hard enough to leave a hole in the wall. McFadden left the building, but Stanley followed her and allegedly continued beating her outside. Stanley hit McFadden with her own bag. She allegedly grabbed the bag, pulled out a kitchen knife that was inside it, and stabbed Stanley in the chest. Stanley died at Shock Trauma at 3:35 a.m. McFadden was arrested on March 6 and charged with first-degree murder and other related offenses. This is the fifth murder in the combined Reservoir Hill and Bolton Hill neighborhoods so far this year. There were three murders in the two neighborhoods in all of 2007.

Thursday, March 6

5:31 p.m. Police were called to the 200 block of Atholgate in the Ten Hills neighborhood. When they arrived, a woman told them that someone had called her and said that the man living in an apartment in the building had killed his girlfriend, who also lived there. Inside, police found Latasha Harris, a 31-year-old African-American woman, and her boyfriend, Jerry Bennett, a 37-year-old African-American. Both had been shot in the head and were dead. Police believe Bennett shot Harris and then himself. This is the fourth domestic-violence homicide this year, the second this week. Six females have been murdered in 2008; half of those homicides have been attributed to domestic violence.

Sunday, March 9

3:15 p.m. Police found an African-American man slumped in the driver's seat of a car in the 700 block of Wildwood Parkway in Edmondson Village. The man had been shot in the face and was pronounced dead at Shock Trauma at 3:52 p.m. Police are waiting until the man's family has been notified of his death to release his name.

Updates

On March 3, Thomas Taylor, a 27-year-old African-American man, was convicted of the murder of Joseph Miller, a 26-year-old African-American man, and the attempted murder of another man. According to the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office, on March 1, 2006, Miller, Taylor, and some other people argued over some Bloods graffiti on the wall of a neighborhood store. Taylor, who was wearing red during the argument, left. He returned later in black clothes and hid behind a bush with a gun. Miller was trying to break up the argument that had continued between the remaining people when Taylor shot Miller and another man. Miller died; the other man survived.

On March 4, Calvin Jackson, a 32-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to life in prison with all but 35 years suspended. He pleaded guilty late last year to the murder of Edward Canupp, a 61-year-old Caucasian man from Pasadena. Adrian Brown, a 38-year-old African-American man, pleaded guilty in November to accessory after the fact. Brown was sentenced to four years in prison. On Jan. 5, 2007, Canupp's brother found him dead in the living room of a Brooklyn residence Canupp rented to Brown. According to the State's Attorney's Office, Jackson attacked Canupp with a crowbar, killing him. Brown then attempted to cover up the murder.

On March 6, Tevin Moultrie, a 16-year-old African-American male, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and other lesser offenses in relation to the death of Steven Washington, a 17-year-old African-American male. Washington was found shot in the head on March 13, 2007, after fighting with Moultrie (who was 15 at the time) and Maurice Wilkerson, an African-American male who was then 17. On Jan. 15, Wilkerson pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact. Moultrie was one of three 15-year-olds arrested for a 2007 homicide last year.

Also on March 6, Ajamilla Longmore, a 20-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years for the Dec. 13, 2006, murder of Ronald Stewart, a 29-year-old African-American man.

Omar McGee, an 18-year-old African-American male, pleaded guilty on March 6 to voluntary manslaughter for the Aug. 9, 2007, murder of Troy Richardson, a 30-year-old African-American man from Dundalk. Richardson was shot repeatedly with a high-powered weapon in the middle of the street. According to the State's Attorney's Office, Richardson robbed a drug dealer using a realistic toy gun in an alley in Central Park Heights. McGee was told about the robbery and shot and killed Richardson. The toy gun was found next to Richardson's body. McGee was sentenced to eight years in prison.

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