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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 10/15/2008

Murders This Week: 6
Murders This Year: 172

The death of Cyprian Jackson was added to the city's homicide rolls this week, seven years after he was shot and over a year since he died. On Feb. 15, 2000, Jackson, an African-American man who was 21 at the time, was getting out of his car in the 2500 block of Madison Avenue in Reservoir Hill when he was shot in the face. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition and remained under medical care until he died on Aug. 20, 2007. The city medical examiner took Jackson's body but did not rule his death a homicide resulting from the 2000 shooting until Oct. 6 of this year, according to police.

Monday, Oct. 6

10 p.m. Clayton Oxendine, a 24-year-old Native-American man, was with a relative when both of them were shot in the 300 block of South Fulton Street in Southwest Baltimore. Oxendine was shot in the head and died. His relative was shot in the shoulder and survived. This is the fourth murder in Southwest/Mount Clare neighborhood this year.

10:30 p.m. Half an hour later and one neighborhood over, a police officer was driving in the 500 block of South Catherine Street in Carrollton Ridge when the officer was stopped by someone. The person told police that there was a body lying beneath some playground equipment in the block. An African-American man was found shot in the back of the neck on the playground. He was dead. Police are waiting until the man's family has been notified of his death to release his name. This is at least the second time a person was found murdered at a playground this year.

Sunday, Oct. 12

12:42 a.m. Darius Burton, an 18-year-old African-American man, was shot repeatedly throughout his body in the 4300 block of Davis Avenue near Edmondson-Westside High School. He died at an area hospital three hours later.

9:36 p.m. That night, two teenagers were found shot to death in the 1300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue in Upton. Howard Grant, an 18-year-old African-American male, and Justin Berry, a 19-year-old African-American man, were both shot numerous times. Grant's and Berry's murders make the total number of 2008 homicides in the central police district 19. There were 14 murders in the central district in all of 2007.

Updates

On Oct. 7, Derrick Collins, a 24-year-old African-American man also known as Darrell Johnson, was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Annette Bardney. According to the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office, Collins tried to strangle Bardney, a 31-year-old African-American woman, on Dec. 18, 2006. When he wasn't able to kill her that way, he hit her in the head with a two-by-four until she died. He left Bardney's body in an alley behind a church in the 700 block of Fremont Avenue and then called 911, claiming he had found a body. His story of how he found the body changed, the evidence at the scene did not support his claims, and he was arrested. Collins was convicted of the murder Aug. 4.

Also on Oct. 7, Tevin Moultrie, a 17-year-old African-American male, was sentenced for the murder of Steven Washington, a 17-year-old African-American male. Moultrie shot Washington in the head during an argument in the 1600 block of Cliftview Avenue on March 13, 2007. Moultrie was 15 at the time of the shooting. Maurice Wilkerson, a then-17 year-old African-American male, was also arrested for the crime. On Jan. 15 of this year Wilkerson pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact and was sentenced to one year of probation. Moultrie pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on March 6 of this year. He received 30 years in prison.

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