County records first two homicides of year Woman shot in head, man ia bludgeoned

January 04, 1996|By Jay Apperson and Lisa Respers | Jay Apperson and Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

The first homicides of the new year in Baltimore County were reported yesterday, when a woman was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head in Woodlawn and a man was bludgeoned to death in his Middle River apartment, police said.

The county's first homicide of 1996 was reported about 7:30 a.m. yesterday by a man walking his dog in the 3100 block of Windsor Blvd., near the Town and Country Apartments, said Sgt. Kevin B. Novak, a county police spokesman. The woman's fully clothed body was found on a parking lot near a tennis court, said Sergeant Novak.

The spokesman said police were hoping to use fingerprints to identify the victim, a black woman in her 20s. Investigators had no motive and no suspects yesterday, he said, adding that there were no signs that the woman had been sexually assaulted.

Hours later, police found the body of a Deral Brown Williams, 60, in the hallway of his apartment at 44 Beach Drive in Middle River, Sergeant Novak said.

Sgt. Novak said police received a call from an apartment complex maintenance man at about 12:41 p.m. who had been sent to check on Mr. Williams.

"From what we understand from neighbors, Mr. Williams was one to check on others, taking them to pick up prescriptions and such and they just returned the concern in kind," Sgt. Novak said. "There had been some concerns because he had mobility problems and walked with a cane."

Mr. Williams apparently died from blunt trauma to the head, Sgt. Novak said. There were no signs of force entry and police currently have no motive.

Officials said there were 34 homicides in Baltimore County last year.

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