Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

November 01, 2006

2 charged in drug case accused in 3 killings

Two Baltimore men charged with federal drug conspiracy were accused yesterday of orchestrating the killings of three people five years ago.

The indictment unsealed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore charges Jermaine Bell, 31, and Roosevelt Spann Jr., 38, with conspiracy to distribute heroin, conspiracy to possess a firearm for drug trafficking and possession of a firearm for drug trafficking that ended in murder.

Prosecutors could seek the death penalty against the men if they are convicted of a crime tied to a murder.

As part of a drug conspiracy to distribute more than a kilogram in heroin, Bell is charged with participating in the killings of Kenyatta Harris on May 28, 2001, and Angelo Stringfellow on June 26, 2001. Baltimore police have said that Stringfellow was in a gold-colored Saturn in the 600 block of Lexington St. at the time of this death.

Bell and Spann are accused of playing a role in the Nov. 8, 2001, killing of Torrence Johnson, who was found shot several times in the 2200 block of N. Charles St. Details about Harris' death were not immediately available.

The indictment does not spell out how each of the men was alleged to have been responsible for the killings. The defendants are in custody, and no court appearances on the new charges have been scheduled, according to prosecutors.

Matthew Dolan

Two die in city shootings

Two men died and another was wounded last night in two apparently unrelated shootings in Baltimore, city police reported.

The latest reported homicide occurred about 8 p.m. in the 800 block of E. 41st St., where two men were shot, said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman. Harris said one man was shot in the chest and the other in the stomach. Both were taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where one died about two hours later and the survivor remained in serious condition, Harris said.

The other homicide occurred about 6 p.m. in the 4400 block of Powell Ave., where a man was shot in the neck and chest; he later died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Harris said.

Names of the victims were withheld pending notification of family members, and no arrest had been made. Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888 is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in either killing.

Richard Irwin

2 men shot at Laurel home

Authorities were searching yesterday for whoever shot two Laurel men at a residence there late Monday night, Anne Arundel County police said.

About 10:42 p.m. Monday, police responded to a report of an armed subject at a residence at 9 Bruce St. in Laurel, near the Prince George's County line.

Officers discovered one victim, Duwayne Thomas Mason, 32, of Laurel, lying in the street in the 300 block of Brockbridge Road with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. The shooting occurred in the residence. The victim was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center where he was listed in serious condition yesterday evening.

As the investigation continued, officers learned that a second victim, Jerome Anthony Smith, 36, of Laurel, was being treated at Howard County General Hospital. He had been shot in the upper leg.

Police said the shooter fired several rounds from a handgun after an argument.

Anyone with information is asked to call 410-222-8050.

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