Jail inmate charged in murder

April 15, 1991

An inmate at the Baltimore City Jail has been charged with being the gunman in the Feb. 20 shooting death of a statecorrectional officer.

James Edward Simms, 26, was arrested at the jail over the weekend, where he was being held on unrelated charges.

He was charged with first-degree murder and a handgun violation in the slaying of Theresa Katrina Johnson, 41, of 3600 block of Gwynn Oak Ave.

Johnson, an officer at the Diagnostic and Reception Center in Baltimore, was still in full uniform on the morning she was shot to death as she entered the front gate of her home. She had worked the night shift and had just returned from taking her granddaughter to school.

Witnesses told police they saw the killer running from the scene wearing a black and yellow jacket with a pool eight ball on the back.

Within hours of the killing, Kevin Moses, 23, of the 2100 block of Brook Ave., was taken into custody near the scene and detained as a witness. He was subsequently accused of driving the killer's getaway car and charged with murder and a handgun violation.

Police believe the killing was the result of a dispute between Moses and Johnson. Moses, a boyfriend of one of Johnson's daughters, had been ordered by Johnson to stay away from the house.

Simms and Moses were believed to be close friends.

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