Man cleaning Woodlawn apartments stabbed to death during argument

July 20, 1999|By Dail Willis | Dail Willis,SUN STAFF

A laborer at a Woodlawn apartment complex was fatally stabbed yesterday during an argument with another man, Baltimore County police said.

Derrick Shelton Dorkins, 41, of the 4300 block of Liberty Heights Ave. in Northwest Baltimore died of a chest wound at Sinai Hospital shortly after the 2 p.m. incident, police said.

According to Cpl. Vickie Warehime, a police spokeswoman, Dorkins and another man were hired by a subcontractor who encountered them sitting on the steps of a temporary employment agency and offered them work at the Security Park apartment complex in the 7400 block of Fairbrook Road.

They began cleaning apartments about 9 a.m. and a dispute broke out at 2 p.m., she said.

"They got into an argument, then a fistfight," Warehime said. Dorkins was stabbed with a knife, she said.

Robert Lamont Sheppard, 19, of the 200 block of Spring Court, East Baltimore, was charged late last night with first-degree murder, police said. He was being held without bail at the county Detention Center in Towson, pending a bail review hearing today.

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