Police investigate 2 fatal stabbings in Northeast, Northwest Baltimore

November 28, 1996|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

City homicide detectives are investigating two unrelated slayings that occurred Tuesday, including one in which a woman is suspected of killing her husband during an argument in their Northwest Baltimore.

The other slaying occurred during an attempted robbery in Northeast Baltimore.

About 11 p.m. Tuesday, Robert Ayers, 45, of the 2200 block of Pentland Drive was stabbed in the chest by one of three men during an attempted robbery in the 6700 block of McClean Blvd., police said. He died at Sinai Hospital less than an hour later.

No arrests have been made in connection with the slaying, police said.

In the earlier incident, Michael Ballard, 35, of the 5100 block of Laurel Ave. in Pimlico was stabbed in the chest during an argument about 6: 45 p.m. Tuesday in the kitchen of his home, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

His wife, Linda Ballard, 39, of the same address, was arrested at the scene and charged with first-degree murder, police said. She was being held without bail.

Police said the couple's 12-year-old son witnessed the stabbing and called 911.

Pub Date: 11/28/96

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