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Murder Ink

By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 3/25/2009

Murders this Week: 5
Murders this Year: 48

Tuesday, March 17

11:05 p.m. Adrian Martise, a 24-year-old African-American man, and Anthony Bailey, a 20-year-old African-American man, were inside a Chinese food carry-out at the corner of Greenmount Avenue and 29th Street near the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus. They were making purchases when two people came in and opened fire on them. Both Martise and Bailey were shot numerous times. A 21-year-old African-American man, who was also in the carry-out, was shot in the legs, but managed to run outside. He was taken to an area hospital, where he was treated and released. Martise and Bailey were also taken to a hospital, but died less than an hour later.

11:15 p.m. Ten minutes later, William Smith, a 24-year-old Caucasian man, and his 48-year-old Caucasian girlfriend, went to the home of the woman's estranged husband in the 6500 block of Cleveland Avenue by the southeastern city line. Smith and the husband, Matthew Jeddock Jr., a 45-year-old Caucasian man, got into an argument and Jeddock allegedly stabbed Smith in the leg and chest. The woman tried to drive Smith to the hospital, but was pulled over by police on the way. Medics took Smith to an area hospital where he died at 11:59 p.m. Police arrested Jeddock and he allegedly admitted to stabbing Smith, but claims it was self-defense. According to charging documents, however, Jeddock's statement was inconsistent with the findings of the Medical Examiner's Office. He has been charged with Smith's murder. Smith is the sixth Caucasian murdered this year.

Saturday, March 21

8:55 p.m. Police found Martie Williams, a 20-year-old African-American man, sitting in a chair in the living room of a home near Westport Elementary School. He had been shot numerous times in the head and upper body and was dead. Williams is the 39th African-American--and the 26th African-American under the age of 30--murdered this year.

Sunday, March 22

1:36 a.m. A few hours later, an unidentified man was discovered lying on the railroad tracks in the 600 block of West Patapsco Avenue in Cherry Hill. He had been shot repeatedly and was dead.


On March 13, the murder charges against Kenneth Warren, a 24-year-old African-American, were dropped. Warren had been charged with the Jan. 27 murder of Jasmine Harris, a 23-year-old African-American woman. Harris' murderer shot her under the chin at close range when she answered the door of her home in the 3000 block of Windsor Avenue.

Two men were indicted by a Baltimore City Grand Jury on March 16 for the murder of James Flanary, a 23-year-old Caucasian man. Flanary was attacked and stabbed by a group of men on Feb. 16. Charles Gray, a 28-year-old Caucasian man, and Daniel Dubbs, a 24-year-old Caucasian man, were indicted on March 16.

Thomas Dietrich, a 41-year-old Caucasian man, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter on March 17. On Jan. 15, 2008, Dietrich got into an argument with his girlfriend Lisa Holley, a 38-year-old Caucasian woman. He beat her severely, rupturing her spleen and causing liver damage. She died at a hospital several days later. Dietrich is scheduled for sentencing in April, when he will face a maximum of 10 years in prison.

On March 18, Shawn Dickey, a 22-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to 50 years in prison. Dickey and another man, who has not been identified, shot two men at the intersection of Patterson Park Avenue and East Fayette Street on May 22, 2007. One of the men was shot in the thigh, but managed to get away. He survived. Alexander Rose, a 23-year-old African-American man, was hit and collapsed near the Morning Edition Café, where, according to the State's Attorney's Office, Dickey stood over him and shot him repeatedly, killing him.

Police have made an arrest in the March 7 triple shooting outside of Coconuts Café that left Sctario Tia Edwards, a 25-year-old African-American woman, dead. Sharone Newton, a 34-year-old African-American woman from Randallstown, was arrested on March 20. She allegedly shot Edwards and two other women after Edwards bumped into her on the dance floor.

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