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Murder Ink

By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 3/10/2010

Murders this week: 4
Murders this year: 28

Wednesday, Mar. 3

8 a.m. A person walking by Dr. Bernard Harrison Elementary School in the 1400 block of North Caroline Street saw a man lying on the ground near the school's basketball courts. Kenly Wheeler, a 29-year-old African-American man, had been shot in the chest and was dead.

9:50 a.m. Less than two hours later, a security officer at the Baltimore Behavioral Health Center in the 200 block of South Arlington Avenue near Hollins Market was walking Lee McCoy, a 44-year-old African-American man, out of the building. McCoy was intoxicated. On the way out, they passed Carrell Andrew, a 38-year-old African-American man, who was also a patient at the facility. McCoy made a motion as if to hit Andrew but didn't. In response, Andrew allegedly punched McCoy once in the face. McCoy fell to the ground hitting his head on the cement floor. He was pronounced brain dead later that day, but was kept alive so he could donate his organs. Andrew was arrested and charged with manslaughter for McCoy's death.

Thursday, Mar. 4

11:43 p.m. Alvin McMiller, a 23-year-old African-American man, was shot repeatedly outside Sheldon's Lounge in the 4300 block of Belair Road. He died at an area hospital after midnight.

Friday, Mar. 5

7:35 p.m. Jamal Rogers, a 20-year-old African-American man, was shot in the face, the head, the chest, and the abdomen in the 2100 block of West Fayette Street near Bon Secours Hospital. He died at 10:40 p.m. at another local hospital.


Dante Preston, a 38-year-old African-American man, was arrested on Feb. 19 for the July 13, 2009, murder of John Woodies, a 38-year-old African-American man. Woodies was shot several times on a basketball court in the 4000 block of Old York Road.

On Feb. 22, Torrez Seymore, a 22-year-old African-American man, was arrested for the May 28, 2009, murder of Milton Stepney, a 32-year-old African-American man. After placing an order for carry-out at the Upper Deck Bar and Grill at Eutaw and Lombard streets downtown, Stepney got into an argument with a man outside the bar and was shot.

Three people were found guilty of second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death on Mar. 2. Queen Antoinette, a 41-year-old African-American woman and the head of a religious group called the 1 Mind Ministries, ordered her followers not to feed 16-month-old African-American child Javon Thompson because he refused to say "amen." The boy starved to death, and his body was eventually found stuffed in a suitcase in a shed in Philadelphia in April 2008. Trevia Williams, a 22-year-old African-American woman, and Marcus Cobbs, a 23-year-old African-American man, were also convicted of the two counts. Steven Bynum, a 43-year-old African-American man, was initially charged but all charges against him were dropped on Feb. 23. On Mar. 30, 2009, Ria Ramkissoon, a 23-year-old woman whose race is listed as Indian in court documents and is Thompson's mother, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.

Matthew Hooper, a 27-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to 50 years in prison for burglary and murder on Mar. 4. Hooper broke into the home of Daniel Hoeck, a 62-year-old Caucasian man, on Feb. 12, 2009. Hooper pleaded guilty earlier this year. During the robbery, Hooper killed Hoeck, a decorated Vietnam veteran who was legally blind, by stabbing him in the chest.

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