Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

November 14, 2006

18-year-old receives 50 years for murder

Malik Vandiver, 18, who shot a West Baltimore woman as her young son watched television in the next room, was sentenced yesterday to 50 years in prison.

After an August trial that featured the 6-year-old boy as one of the main witnesses, Vandiver was convicted of second-degree murder and use of a handgun in the commission of a crime.

Bayonna Cox, 29, was fatally shot Jan. 8, 2005, in her home near Druid Hill Park.

Circuit Judge Althea M. Handy sentenced Vandiver to 30 years for the murder conviction and a consecutive 20 years for the handgun conviction.

Julie Bykowicz

Man charged with murder

Bail was set at $2.5 million yesterday for a 22-year-old man from Savage charged with first-degree murder in the death of an acquaintance in Jessup last week.

Adrian Maldonado is accused of fatally stabbing Marvin Walter Harding, 39, of Jessup, outside a motel in the 7600 block of U.S. 1 about 6 p.m. Nov. 9. Maldonado also is charged with second-degree murder and assault. He appeared in Howard County District Court for a bail review. A trial date has not been set.

Harding's death is the fourth homicide in Howard County this year.

Tyrone Richardson

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