Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

December 11, 2007

City man charged in fatal stabbing at bar

Baltimore County police have charged a man in connection with a fight at a Baltimore Highlands bar early Sunday that left one man dead and two seriously injured.

James T. Brand, 28, of the 2000 block of Hollins Ferry Road in the Morrell Park area of Baltimore has been charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault and possession of a concealed deadly weapon, police spokesman Cpl. Michael Hill said.

Brand and several other men entered Lecompte's Restaurant in the 4000 block of Annapolis Road in Baltimore Highlands just after midnight Sunday, police said. A fight broke out and three men who had been playing pool were stabbed.

James W. Mehan, 25, of the first block of Ute Court in Middle River was stabbed in the back several times; he was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died, Hill said. Two other victims, John McCubbin, 35, of the 5300 block of 4th St. in Brooklyn, and Joseph Bena, 26, of the 7600 block of North Point Road in Edgemere, were treated at Shock Trauma and released, Hill said.

Witnesses told police that they saw Brand stab McCubbin and Bena but did not see who stabbed the man who died, Hill said, adding that police are continuing to investigate.

Julie Scharper

Man guilty of fatal city shooting

A 20-year-old West Baltimore man was convicted in Circuit Court yesterday of second-degree murder in the shooting of a man in Southwest Baltimore, according to the Baltimore state's attorney's office.

Davon Pearson of the 800 block of Vine St. told a jury that at the time of the Aug. 3, 2006, shooting he was attending a candlelight vigil protesting violence in his neighborhood, according to prosecutors. Pearson's fiancee and mother also testified that he had been at the vigil, and then at his fiancee's house.

But a jury, after deliberating for about seven hours over two days, rejected the alibis and found Pearson guilty of second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence in the killing of Howard Jones, 36, prosecutors said.

Circuit Court Judge Kaye Allison set sentencing for Feb. 4. Pearson could face a maximum sentence of life in prison for the murder conviction.

Armed robbery draws 40 years

A 25-year-old Baltimore man who admitted to robbing his former co-workers at gunpoint was sentenced yesterday to 40 years in prison.

Nathaniel Green pleaded guilty in August to two counts of armed robbery in exchange for lesser charges being dropped in the May 2 robbery of Bowman Restaurant and Pub in Carney. Baltimore County Circuit Judge Robert N. Dugan handed down the maximum sentence of 20 years for each count and ordered them to be served consecutively.

State sentencing guidelines recommended a prison term of five to 10 years, but prosecutor Allan J. Webster said the circumstances of the crime - in which three employees were locked in a walk-in refrigerator by two men armed with a shotgun and a knife - called for a lengthier sentence.

Green was arrested the next day after employees told police that they recognized the masked gunman as a former co-worker by his voice, build and "swagger," according to charging documents.

Another man charged in the robbery, Shakime Duval Jackson, 34, also of Baltimore, was arrested several days later. He is scheduled to go to trial in February.

Laura Barnhardt

Man fatally shot on city street

An man died last night at a local hospital less than two hours after he was shot on a street in the O'Donnell Heights section of Southeast Baltimore, said a city police spokesman. The man's name was withheld pending notification of family members.

About 7 p.m., Southeastern District police, responding to a report of shots fired in the 6100 block of Boston St. near Shipview Way, found a man lying in the street and bleeding from gunshot wounds to the head and chest, said Agent Donny Moses, the spokesman.

Moses said the man was taken by a city Fire Department ambulance to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he died at 8:15 p.m. As of yesterday, there have been 270 homicides in the city, compared with 253 at the same time in 2006, police said.

Richard Irwin

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