A Baltimore man who in separate incidents killed a romantic rival and a woman he suspected of betraying a close friend has been sentenced to life plus 70 years in prison for the two murders.
Baltimore Circuit Judge Ellen M. Heller sentenced Charles A. Clark Thursday on jury verdicts returned in back-to-back trials in January: first-degree murder in the shooting of Jimmy Darnell Barksdale June 28, 1989, and second-degree murder in the fTC death of Janice Irby. Ms. Irby's body was found wrapped in carpet and plastic bags in the 2300 block of North Howard Street Oct. 11, 1989. She had been shot, strangled, slashed across the throat and beaten on the head.
Clark, who gives three birth dates in 1964 and 1965 and uses the alias "Steve Little," was being sought for the Barksdale homicide when he was arrested at a house in the 3800 block of Cranston Avenue, where he was hiding out with friends and where Ms. Irby was killed, said Assistant State's Attorney Gregory E. Gaskins.