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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 4/30/2008

Murders This Week: 2
Murders This Year: 60

The man who was found stabbed, beaten, and set on fire in Essex on April 13 has been identified as James Daniels, a 51-year-old African-American man. Daniels was actually killed in the 600 block of North Clinton Street in Baltimore City. Catherine Palmer, a 46-year-old African-American woman, and her husband, Edward Palmer, a 58-year-old African-American man, have been charged with Daniels' murder. Catherine Palmer allegedly referred to Daniels as their landlord, although he is not listed as the owner of the property where the Palmers resided.

There was another police-involved shooting this week. This one left an off-duty officer dead. At about 12:30 a.m. on April 24, police were called to the Haven Place bar, a strip club at Haven Street and Pulaski Highway in Southeast Baltimore. When police arrived they saw people fighting outside the bar. The people fighting went back into the bar and then came out again through a side door into the parking lot. Two police officers tried to break up the fight, which included a man waving a broken bottle. Officer John Torres, a 26-year-old Hispanic man, stood outside the side door to keep other customers from coming out and joining the fray. Off-duty police officer Norman Stamp, a 65-year-old Caucasian man, came out of the door wearing brass knuckles. According to police, Torres told Stamp to stop, but Stamp kept going, so Torres fired his Taser at Stamp, knocking him to the ground. Stamp then allegedly pulled out a handgun, and Torres shot Stamp. Stamp died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center an hour later. Stamp's death has not been added to the homicide rolls. This is the 11th police-involved shooting in the first four months of this year; eight of them have been fatal. There were 32 police-involved shootings in 2007, of which 13 were fatal. In 2006, there were 15 police-involved shootings; five were fatal.

Monday, April 21

5:30 a.m. People living in the 200 block of West 31st Street, around the corner from the Baltimore Museum of Art, heard a woman screaming and called police. When police arrived they found Nancy Schmidt, a 74-year-old Caucasian woman, inside her home. She had been stabbed numerous times and died at Shock Trauma at 6:21 a.m. Schmidt is the 11th female murdered this year.

12:15 p.m. That afternoon, people were attending the funeral of Anthony Izzard, a 25-year-old African-American man, at the Unity United Methodist Church at Edmondson Avenue and Stricker Street in the Harlem Park neighborhood. Izzard was killed in a triple shooting 10 days earlier. On the street outside the church, shots were fired. Two men were hit. One was found lying in the middle of the street next to a parked white Acura. The other, Michael Ellerbe, a 24-year-old African-American man, was in the passenger seat of the car. He was taken to Shock Trauma but was dead by the time he arrived. The man next to the car survived. At press time, police were unable to say if the men were guests at the funeral or if the Ellerbe murder is connected to Izzard's.

Updates

On April 22, the Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Kevin Armstead, a 25-year-old African-American man, for the March 20, 2007, murder of Ricardo Paige, a 54-year-old African-American man. Paige was shot repeatedly in the head and body. Armstead is the third person indicted for Paige's homicide. Jamal Fulton, a 22-year-old African-American man, and Trendon Washington, a 20-year-old African-American man, were indicted for the murder on June 13, 2007. Trendon Washington's twin brother, Tremaine Washington, a 20-year-old African-American man, was also arrested for Paige's murder, but the charges against him were dropped June 12, 2007.

Juanita Robinson, a 28-year-old African-American woman, was sentenced to life in prison on April 23. Robinson was convicted earlier this year of the March 31, 2007, murder of Andre McBride, a 21-year-old African-American man. Robinson, who was McBride's girlfriend, shot him in the back and the back of the head in the kitchen of her apartment. This is Robinson's second murder charge. Four years earlier she fatally stabbed a 16-year-old boy in the chest. Robinson pleaded guilty but was sentence to just six months in prison.

On April 24, Lloyd Chase, a 17-year-old African-American male, pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact to murder for his involvement in the July 10, 2007, death of Christine Richardson, a 15-year-old African-American girl. Chase faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and will be sentenced after he testifies in the case against Calvin Puryear, a 20-year-old African-American man. According to charging documents, Puryear and Chase visited Richardson's house after midnight on July 10, 2007. She let them in, and both Puryear and Chase had sex with the 15-year-old girl. Richardson and Chase began to fight and, according to charging documents, Chase told Puryear to hold Richardson's legs. Chase then straddled her, stabbed her in the chest, and slit her throat. Chase was a friend of Richardson's family. The Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office would not explain why Chase was being charged as an accessory despite being described in the charging documents as the person who stabbed Richardson. "Because there are murder charges pending against Calvin Puryear, we are prohibited from commenting on the state's case against him," Joseph Sviatko, spokesman for the State's Attorney Office, says in an e-mail to City Paper.

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