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September 13, 2005

BALTIMORE

Police release names of victims of shootings

Baltimore police released the names of four men yesterday who died in apparently unrelated shootings Saturday, one of the deadliest days this year in the city.

A police spokesman said there have been 191 homicides this year, compared with 203 for the same period last year. Five people were killed in four incidents Jan. 20.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in yesterday's Maryland section gave an incomplete description of criminal cases involving Richard A. Damon Jr. of East Baltimore. Prosecutors in August dropped charges against Damon in connection with a fatal shooting on Jan. 14. Damon pleaded guilty on Monday to two counts of second-degree murder in a double shooting on Jan. 20.
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In the first slaying Saturday, police were called to the 3200 block of Sequoia Ave. in Northwest Baltimore for a report of gunfire about 2:30 a.m. Officers found William Craig, 58, inside a Ford Explorer suffering from gunshot wounds, police said. Craig, who lived in the block, was pronounced dead a half-hour later at Sinai Hospital, police said.

About 1 p.m., police said two men on a moped drove up next to a 1991 Oldsmobile sedan containing four people at a red light in the 1300 block of Laurens St. in West Baltimore. One of the men on the moped fired a gun into the car, killing the driver and wounding another passenger in the arm. The driver, Darryl Outlaw, 32, lived in the 2300 block of Riggs Ave. in West Baltimore, police said.

Another shooting occurred about 2:30 p.m. at a carwash in Northwest Baltimore. A group of men were playing cards inside a business office in the 4100 block of Reisterstown Road when a man entered and asked to join the game. He then pulled out a handgun and fatally shot one of the men in the head, police said. No items were stolen. Police identified the victim as Shannon Jemmison, 30, of the 3200 block of Wheatley Ave. in West Baltimore.

The fourth slaying occurred in the 1000 block of Ashburton St. in West Baltimore about 8:45 p.m. Brandon Lee, 25, was standing on the street when four men wearing ski masks approached and began firing gunshots at him, fatally striking him in the head and upper torso, police said. Lee lived in the 2700 block of Mosher St.

- Gus G. Sentementes

BALTIMORE

Woman, found in crashed car with her throat slashed, dies

Responding to what was reported as a traffic accident with injury yesterday at a Northeast Baltimore apartment development, city officers found a car that had crashed into a fence and a female passenger whose throat had been slashed, police said.

The woman died a short time later -- the Baltimore's 192nd homicide victim this year, police said. Her name was withheld pending notification of family members.

About 11:30 a.m., Northeastern District officers found the victim in the front passenger seat of a 1997 Mazda that had crashed into a fence at the Fenwick Apartments in the 1700 block of Meridene Drive, said Agent Donny Moses. She died less than 30 minutes later at Good Samaritan Hospital, he said.

Anyone with information about the killing was urged to call Metro Crime Stoppers toll-free at 866-7LOCKUP.

-- Richard Irwin

ANNAPOLIS

Police seeking suspect in woman's stabbing

Annapolis police were looking yesterday for a 38-year-old man in connection with the stabbing death of his girlfriend early Sunday morning, police said.

Jose Cacimiro Amaya - a native of El Salvador - was charged with first-degree murder and other offenses, and was considered armed and dangerous, police said. Police said he is known as El Diablo, or "the devil" in Spanish.

The suspect's girlfriend, Angela Holland, 42, of Annapolis, was stabbed in the chest multiple times at the apartment the couple shared in the 1200 block of Thom Court early Sunday morning, police said.

The city's Fire Department went to the apartment after a man, who police believe may have been Amaya, called 911 to report a stabbed woman at the apartment, said police spokesman Kevin Freeman. The firefighters found Holland on the floor of the bathroom and tried unsuccessfully to revive her, Freeman said. She was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

The stabbing is the fourth homicide in Annapolis this year. Last year three people were killed.

Police are asking for anyone with information about Amaya's location to call 410-268-9000.

- Annie Linskey

BALTIMORE

Baltimore man pleads guilty in 2 killings during robbery

A suspect in an armed robbery in East Baltimore that police said escalated into an execution-style double killing pleaded guilty yesterday to two counts of second-degree murder in Baltimore Circuit Court.

Richard A. Damon Jr., 35, of Force Road, pleaded guilty as his murder trial was scheduled to begin in the January deaths of Theresa Moore and Michael Mick. Under the terms of the plea agreement with prosecutors, Damon will receive two 20-year prison terms, to be served concurrently, when he is sentenced Oct. 25.

Moore, 51, and Mick, 40, were shot and killed inside their home in the 800 block of Bradford St. on Jan. 20, a day when the city saw five homicides. Co-defendant Antoine Adams was convicted last month by a city jury of two counts of first-degree murder. Adams will also be sentenced Oct. 25.

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