Woman held in man's slaying Woman is accused of shooting boyfriend. Slayings total at 302, 3 fewer than in 1990.

December 30, 1991|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff

A 24-year-old southwest Baltimore woman charged with the slaying of her boyfriend during a quarrel in their home was held overnight without bail pending a bail review hearing today in District Court, police said.

Homicide detective William Ritz said the shooting death early yesterday of John Thomas Robinette, 41, of the 400 block of Eastlynne Ave., brought to 302 the number of homicide victims so far this year in the city.

That is three fewer than the number slain in 1990.

And, in an earlier weekend slaying, police have identified a man shot Saturday morning in the 1800 block of W. Fayette St. as a New York man who had been arrested earlier and gave a wooded area in the middle of Leakin Park as his Baltimore address.

In yesterday's homicide, police said Robinette and his girlfriend, Renee Lynn Meise, 24, also of the 400 block of Eastlynne Ave., were arguing and fighting most of Saturday night and into yesterday morning.

During the fight, Robinette fired a .38-caliber revolver, but the bullet did not strike Meise, Ritz said.

Ritz said the fight continued off and on until about 4:20 a.m., when the gun was retrieved from the kitchen and Robinette was shot in the head.

After the shooting, Meise dialed 911 and reported the shooting to a dispatcher, said Lt. David Shirey of Southwestern District.

"The dispatcher could hardly understand what she was saying," Shirey said.

Shirey said that when several officers arrived they found Robinette on the living room floor. Shirey said the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

He said Meise was arrested there and that the gun used to shoot Robinette was recovered.

Shirey said at least one room showed signs of an altercation.

Ritz said Meise was taken to police headquarters and charged with first-degree murder and using a handgun in the commission of a felony. She was remanded to the Women's Detention Center at the Central District pending the bail review hearing.

In the other case, police said a man found shot in the chest in an alley off the 1800 block of W. Fayette St. near Monroe Street shortly after midnight Saturday has been identified as Ivan McNabb, 27, of New York City. A relative confirmed his identity to police. McNabb had previously given his name as Lawrence Devore, 27, whose last given address was the 3600 block of Baker St.

"The address was checked out after his arrest and it turned out to be a wooded area in Leakin Park," said homicide detective Robert Patton.

Patton said no arrest has been made in the case but it appeared that McNabb's death was drug-related.

"When you take the area in which he was found, the fact that he gave a phony address earlier and that he was from New York, it points to a drug killing," Patton said.

McNabb was found shortly after midnight by Western District police responding to a report of a shooting. He was taken to University of Maryland Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Patton said that when McNabb was arrested several weeks ago he gave a phony name in addition to the fake Baker Street address.

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