Mother stabbed to death

former husband charged

April 01, 2000|By Tim Craig | Tim Craig,SUN STAFF

A West Baltimore man was charged with first-degree murder yesterday after his ex-wife was stabbed multiple times as their 11-year-old daughter slept upstairs, police said.

Betty J. Morant, 40, was killed about 6 a.m. in her three-story brick rowhouse in the 400 block of Gwynn Avenue in West Baltimore. Police said Morant, a dry cleaner and the mother of two, began arguing with James Jackson, 50, inside the home before running outside.

She apparently was dragged into the house and was stabbed multiple times, said Agent Angelique Cook-Hayes, a police spokeswoman.

Cook-Hayes said Jackson, who was temporarily living at Morant's home, was arrested at the scene.

Detectives refused to comment yesterday on the killing of Morant.

In another homicide, one man was killed and another was seriously wounded Thursday night when a gunman opened fire on a van parked in the 500 block of Wilson St. in West Baltimore.

After the shooting, Antoine A. Banks, 25 drove the van about a mile to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Police said Jackson, who along with his passenger had been shot multiple times, crashed the van into the wall of the emergency room and asked for help.

The passenger, who has not been identified, was slumped in the front seat and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Jackson was being treated yesterday at Shock Trauma.

Homicide detectives said they knew of no motive or suspects.

Researcher Jean Packard contributed to this article.

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