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Murder Ink

By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 8/12/2009

Murders this Week: 1
Murders this Year: 137

After several bloody weeks, Baltimore had a six-day respite from homicides. This is only the third time this year that six or more days have passed without a murder in Baltimore. The city's homicide tally is now three higher than it was at this time last year, but it remains substantially higher, per capita, than the murder rate in neighboring cities. For instance, if Baltimore had Washington's homicide rate, there would have been 91 homicides so far this year. If it had Philadelphia's homicide rate, 80 people would have been murdered. If Baltimore had New York's homicide rate, the city would have 21 homicide victims as of Aug. 10.

Sunday, Aug. 9

10:25 p.m. Charles Pratt, an 18-year-old African-American man from Randallstown, was shot numerous times near a shopping center in the 600 block of Cherry Hill Road in Cherry Hill. He died at an area hospital half an hour later.

Updates

On Aug. 7, Bagada Dionas, a 23-year-old African-American man, was convicted of two murders. On July 15, 2007, Wayne White, a 24-year-old African-American man, got into a fight with his girlfriend in the 5700 block of Radecke Avenue. Wayne called his brother Maurice White, a 22-year-old African-American man, to pick him up. (At the time of the incident, police said the two were not related.) After Maurice arrived, Wayne's girlfriend also returned with Wayne's 8-month-old son in the car. Four men, including Dionas and Charlie Stevenson, a 19-year-old African-American man, came out of a wooded area and approached the brothers. They started arguing. Dionas shot Maurice in the head as he tried to walk away from the fight. Wayne was shot repeatedly by Dionas and Stevenson as he ran. Dionas and Stevenson also shot at Wayne's girlfriend and baby as they tried to drive from the scene. Wayne begged them to stop shooting at the car, afraid his child would be killed. Neither the girlfriend nor the child were hit. Both Maurice and Wayne died. Stevenson's case is pending; a competency hearing is scheduled for October.

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