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Murder Ink

By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 6/16/2010

Murders this Week: 4
Murders this Year: 87

Last week's police-involved shooting near the corner of Eager and North Charles streets has been ruled a homicide. Officer Gahiji Tshamba, a 36-year-old African-American man, turned himself in at Central Booking at 1:30 a.m. on June 13. Tshamba was off-duty when he allegedly shot Tyrone Brown, a 32-year-old African-American man, 12 times (police initially gave the count as six). He has been charged with first-degree murder.

This is the second time a Baltimore City Police officer has been charged with an unjustified killing in two years. Officer Thomas Sanders, a 39-year-old African-American man, shot Edward Hunt, a 27-year-old African-American man, in the back at the Hamilton Park Shopping Center on Jan. 30, 2008, after trying to arrest him. Sanders was acquitted of manslaughter on June 11. According to The Baltimore Sun, the jury ruled that his actions were consistent with police protocol.

Tuesday, June 8

9:15 p.m. Philip Reid's daughter dropped her father, an 80-year-old African-American man, off at the home he shared with her mother, Glennie Reid, an 83-year-old African-American woman, in the 1200 block of North Augusta Avenue. A few minutes after her father went inside, the woman heard her mother screaming for help. She tried to get inside, but the door was locked, so she called the police. The police were able to get into the house and found Philip Reid standing over his wife, allegedly choking her. Glennie Reid died before she could be taken to the hospital. Phillip Reid has been charged with her murder.

Friday, June 11

9:48 a.m. Spencer Williams, a 23-year-old African-American man, died at a local hospital. Williams was found sitting in a car in the 1100 block of New Hope Circle near Old Town Mall on June 7 at 4:59 p.m. He had been shot in the head.

Saturday, June 12

2:10 a.m. Police found Avon Beasley, a 25-year-old African-American man, shot in the torso in a rear yard in the 200 block of North Rose Street. He died at a nearby hospital at 6:50 a.m. Beasley is the second person murdered on Rose Street in the last three weeks.

Updates:

Joseph Drummond, a 26-year-old African-American man, was convicted on May 26 of murdering Angelo Ford, a 49-year-old African-American man, and trying to murder Ford's girlfriend. Joy Dulan, a 28-year-old African-American woman, and Drummond got into an argument with Ford and his girlfriend on Nov. 23, 2008 in the 1000 block of Leadenhall Street near Federal Hill. Ford wanted Dulan, who was selling drugs, to move away from their house. Drummond then went to the back door, knocked on it, and after arguing with Ford again shot him, hitting Ford's girlfriend as well. Dulan pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder last year and was sentenced to seven years in prison.

On May 27, the murder charges against Hector Posada, a 36-year-old Hispanic male, were dropped. Posada had been charged with murdering Lucio Solorzano, an 84-year-old Hispanic man, on May 17, 2009. Solorzano's body was found in the woods by a gas station in the 7000 block of Reisterstown Road. According to a witness, Posada and Solorzano got into an argument. Posada then allegedly grabbed the older man's cane and hit him in the head with it over a dozen times after Solorzano was already on the ground. Numerous Baltimore, federal, and Jacksonville, Fla. authorities were unable to find the witness in time for the trial. Posada, however, will be deported to his native Nicaragua, because it was determined that he was in the United States illegally.

John Mooney, a 22-year-old Caucasian man, was convicted on May 27 of conspiracy to commit murder for his involvement in the murder of Keith Ray, a 24-year-old African-American man. He was acquitted of first-degree murder and the jury was hung on a second-degree murder charge. Ray's body was found under a pile of wood in Wyman Park on Sept. 25, 2007. He had been shot in the back of the head. Despite not being found guilty on either direct murder charge, the State's Attorney's Office says that Mooney could receive a life sentence.

On June 2, Steven Lashley, a 32-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for the murder of Stanley Thomas, a 35-year-old African-American man. Lashley stabbed Thomas and two other people in the 400 block of Water Street near Power Plant Live on Sept. 22, 2005. Accessory charges against Dionne Easley, a 31-year-old African-American woman, were dropped on April 27, 2006.

Shawn Jones, an 18-year-old African-American man, was arrested on June 4 for the murder of Davon Dorsey, an 18-year-old African-American man. Dorsey was shot in the head in the 400 block of North Rose Street on May 29.

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