Murders This Week: 1
Murders This Year: 77
Due to the Memorial Day holiday this week's column only covers homicides from May 19 to 23. The man fatally shot repeatedly in the head in the 4200 block of Colborne Road on May 16 has been identified as Michael Morris, a 46-year-old African-American man.
Police have also released details about the most recent fatal police-involved shooting. Four officers from the Violent Crime Impact Division came across a shooting in progress at a gas station in the 2800 block of Edmondson Avenue. The victim in the incident was shot in the hip but survived. When the police arrived, the shooter ran to the 2700 block of Lauretta Avenue. The officers chased him and surrounded him in front of some bushes. They ordered the man, who has been identified as Haywood Rhodes, a 28-year-old African-American man from the Mondawmin neighborhood, to drop his gun. But according to police, Rhodes fired at the officers instead. Three of the four officers shot at Rhodes, striking him several times. He was taken to a local hospital, where he died on May 12.
Monday, May 19
9:10 p.m. Carlos Cervantes, a 37-year-old Hispanic man from Medfield, was found lying on the sidewalk in the 200 block of South Broadway in Fells Point, just south of Pratt Street. Cervantes had been shot. He was dead.
Octavius Savage, a 22-year-old African-American man from Waldorf, in Southern Maryland, was sentenced to life plus 30 years on May 19 for the murder of Donald Russell, a 64-year-old Caucasian man. According to charging documents, on May 3, 2006, a Waldorf resident called police after seeing a storage container with a foot protruding out of it in some brush. When Charles County police arrived they found the lower half of Russell's body in that container. The next day, Tiffany Brown, a then-20 African-American woman, was seen leaving Russell's house in the 1400 block of North Dukeland Street in Baltimore City. Brown allegedly admitted to killing and dismembering Russell with her boyfriend, Savage. She led police to a second storage container with the upper half of Russell's body inside. Savage, who had been staying at Russell's home at the time of the murder, also confessed to the crime. On April 10, Savage was convicted of murder, assault, and robbery charges in connection with Russell's death. Brown pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit first-degree murder on Aug. 21, 2007, but has not yet been sentenced.
On May 20, Joshua Rice, a 27-year-old Caucasian man, pleaded guilty to the murder of Jennifer Fischbach, a 32-year-old Caucasian woman, and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. On May 22, 2004, police responded to a house in the 1200 block of Bayard Street for a suspicious death and found Fischbach's severely decomposed body in a second-floor bedroom with a wire hanger around her neck. In December 2006, Rice's DNA in the CODIS database was matched to DNA on Fischbach's clothing. Nearly a year later, police picked Rice up on an open-container charge and on Jan. 9, 2008, he confessed to strangling Fischbach.
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