2 slain: 1st of '95, last of '94

January 03, 1995|By Michael Ollove and Timothy B. Wheeler | Michael Ollove and Timothy B. Wheeler,Sun Staff Writers

A man whose body was found behind a Catonsville-area motel yesterday afternoon apparently was the first homicide victim of the new year in the Baltimore area.

A scavenger found the body shortly before 2 p.m. while going through a trash container behind the Knights Inn in the 6400 block of Baltimore National Pike, said E. Jay Miller, a Baltimore County police spokesman.

The man's identity and the cause of death had not been determined last night.

The man, whose upper torso was wrapped in some kind of material, was wearing black pants, white socks and black sneakers. The body was between the trash container and a wall.

A maid said she saw something by the container when she started cleaning rooms at the motel around 11 a.m. but thought it was trash.

Police were investigating whether the body could be that of a longtime guest at the motel who was missing from his room yesterday.

Earlier, a 31-year-old woman shot to death late Friday became the 321st and final homicide victim in the city for 1994.

Karlia Athea Hudson of the 1600 block of Calvert St. died at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at 11:45 p.m. Dec. 30, slightly more than two hours after being shot by an unknown assailant two blocks from her home.

A companion who was also wounded, Shawn Jackson, 24, survived his injuries.

Witnesses said the two were in the 1800 block of Calvert St. when they were approached by a black male who opened fire. The man then ran into an alley, jumped into a white automobile and sped away to the east.

Last year's 321 homicides in Baltimore was down from 353 the year before. Baltimore County, by comparison, had 32 homicides in 1994, three fewer than the previous year.

On the Eastern Shore, a New Year's celebration turned into a homicide Sunday morning.

J. C. Everett Clark had ushered in the new year by firing his deer rifle into the sky outside his apartment near Salisbury.

Festive spirits, however, quickly dissipated. An argument ensued, state police said, and shortly after, the same rifle was fired again, this time at Mr. Clark's chest.

By the time police arrived at the Rose Street apartment about 6 a.m., Mr. Clark, 50, was dead.

Maxine May Ennis Hart, 34, was charged in his slaying, police said.

Tfc. Joseph Gamble of the Salisbury state police barracks said Mr. See Clark, who was unemployed, died of a single gunshot wound. He said he believes the shot was fired about 1 a.m.

The suspect lived two doors away from Mr. Clark, Trooper Gamble said. Although she was married to someone else, she and Mr. Clark had a romantic relationship and occasionally spent the night together in his apartment, the trooper said.

After the shooting, Trooper Gamble said, the woman left the apartment only to return briefly with a friend. That friend told someone else about Mr. Clark's death and that person apparently called the police. By the time officers arrived at 5:50 a.m., a crowd of onlookers was gathered outside the apartment.

The suspect is being held without bond at the Wicomico County Detention Center.

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