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Murder Ink

By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 11/26/2008

Murders Nov. 10-16: 6
Murders This Week: 12
Murders This Year: 206

Due to last week's early deadline, this week's column covers homicides from Nov. 15 to Nov. 23. Larry Franklin Jr., the 22-year-old African-American man murdered in the 2000 block of Robb Street on Nov. 12 was actually shot in the back and right arm, not in the head as previously reported.

The names of two murder victims have been released. The man shot to death on Nov. 3 in the 200 block of North Carrollton Avenue was Ernest McFadden, a 38-year-old African-American man. The man shot to death on Nov. 7 in the 600 block of Sewell Avenue was Leroy Taylor, a 45-year-old African-American man.

Saturday, Nov. 15

1:59 a.m. William Hightower, a 48-year-old African-American man, was found stabbed repeatedly on the porch of a home in the 3000 block of Woodhome Avenue in the Northeast corner of the city. He died at an area hospital at 2:51 a.m.

Sunday, Nov. 16

11:29 p.m. Police discovered Charles Norman, a 48-year-old African-American man, inside a vacant house in the 4800 block of Palmer Avenue in Central Park Heights. He was shot in the head and was dead. A 28-year-old African-American man was located on the roof of the porch. He had also been shot, but he survived. This is the sixth homicide in Central Park Heights this year.

The death of Lyle Dimeler, a 53-year-old Caucasian man, was added to the homicide rolls this week. One of Dimeler's neighbors found him lying between two houses in the 400 block of Calhoun Street in Southwest Baltimore at 10 a.m. on May 24. Dimeler had an obvious head injury, so the neighbor flagged down a police officer, who called for medical assistance. Dimeler was taken to an area hospital with severe head and chest trauma that doctors said was consistent with someone having stomped on him repeatedly. Dimeler died at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 2. His death was ruled a homicide as a result of the beating.

This week 12 murders, including Dimeler's, were added to the city's homicide tally--this is only the second time since Murder Ink began in July 2004 that there have been a dozen homicides in a single week. The last time that happened was in January 2005.

Monday, Nov. 17

11:15 p.m. Joseph Robinson, a 30-year-old African-American man, was shot in the head near the intersection of South Smallwood and Christian streets in Carrollton Ridge. He died at a local hospital 45 minutes later.

Tuesday, Nov. 18

12:06 a.m. A 21-year-old African-American man was found in the driver's seat of a running car parked in the 1100 block of Abbott Court in the Latrobe Homes public-housing complex. The man had been shot in the head and died at a nearby hospital. Police are waiting until his family has been notified of his death to release his name.

10:20 a.m. Shots were heard in the 2000 block of North Dukeland Street near Coppin State University, and several males were seen running from a location on the block. Charles Hogans, a 45-year-old African-American man, was found inside the front door of a nearby building. He had been shot in the stomach, and he died at an area hospital.

7:27 p.m. Later that night, Steven Graham, a 14-year-old African-American male, was riding his bike in the 400 block of Maude Avenue in Brooklyn. As he was pedaling past a firehouse a car stopped in front of him. People inside the firehouse heard a gunshot and found the boy shot in the chest. He was taken to a local hospital and died at 7:45 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 20

9:47 p.m. Veronica Williams, a 29-year-old African-American woman, died.

Court records going back to 2005 show domestic-violence complaints against her husband, Cleaven Williams, a 33-year-old African-American man, who is the president of the Greater Greenmount Community Association.

On Nov. 9, Veronica Williams took out an order of protection against her husband. On Nov. 17 she went to the Eastside District Courthouse in the 1400 block of East North Avenue for a hearing on that order. Cleaven approached Veronica outside the Walgreens across the street from the courthouse just before 4 p.m., and he allegedly tried to pull Veronica into a car. She tried to fight him off. According to police, he then pulled out a knife and started stabbing Veronica in the neck. An off-duty police officer who was still in uniform was driving by and saw the scuffle. He got out of his car and tried to Taser Cleaven, but was unsuccessful. The officer then shot Cleaven twice in the side. Veronica was rushed to surgery but died on Nov. 20. Cleaven survived and is being charged with his wife's murder.

Friday, Nov. 21

12:48 p.m. Markel Williams, a 15-year-old African-American male, was stabbed behind William H. Lemmel Middle school in the 2800 block of North Dukeland Street near Mondawmin Mall. Williams, a student at the school, died at a nearby hospital less than an hour later. According to police, Williams had been fighting for weeks with Timothy Oxendine, a 14-year-old African-American male. The fighting had gotten so bad that Oxendine had stopped coming to school. A warrant was issued for Oxendine's arrest, and Oxendine and his mother went to a police station that night, where the teenager turned himself in. Forty-four people under the age of 20 have been murdered this year.

9:46 p.m. Later that night Andre Gay Jr., a 31-year-old African-American man, and a 21-year-old African-American man, were found shot on the front porch of a rowhouse in the 4900 block of Gunther Avenue in Frankford. They were taken to an area hospital where Gay died at 10:31 p.m.; the 21-year-old survived.

Saturday, Nov. 22

9:18 p.m. Isaiah Benjamin, a 39-year-old African-American man, was in the front passenger seat of car parked in the 6600 block of Eberle Drive near Reisterstown Road Plaza. Someone came up to the car and started shooting, blowing out the front passenger-side window. Benjamin got out of the car and made it to the curb between two parked cars. More shots were fired. Benjamin, who was shot in the head, died at a local hospital.

Sunday, Nov. 23

4:33 p.m. Police found Richard Green, a 39-year-old African-American man, slumped against the front door of a building in the 1300 block of West North Avenue. He was bleeding profusely from a gunshot wound to the body. He died at an area hospital at 5:10 p.m.

6:32 p.m. Two hours after Green was shot, two people were shot in a home in the 1000 block of Leadenhall Street in the Sharp Leadenhall neighborhood between Federal Hill and M&T Bank Stadium. Angelo Ford, a 49-year-old African-American man, and a 55-year-old African-American woman got into an argument with a drug dealer near their house earlier that day. That evening, there was a knock at Ford's back door. When he answered it, someone shot him. A bullet went through the door and hit the woman as well. Ford died, but the woman survived.

7:47 p.m. An hour after that, Adama Diarra, a 22-year-old African-American man, was at his job at a pizza shop. He was sent to the 2200 block of Tucker Lane in West Baltimore near the county line to deliver a pizza. There was no response at the address he was given. A short time later police received a call that there had been a shooting in the area and when they arrived, they found Diarra in a crashed car. He had been shot. He died at a local hospital.

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