Man's death in Annapolis ruled homicide

April 10, 2008

A homeless man's death two days after being attacked on a busy street in Annapolis last month has been declared a homicide, city police said yesterday.

The state medical examiner's office ruled that Russell Myers Lockett III, 53, died of pneumonia, aggravated by blunt force trauma. He is the fifth homicide victim in Annapolis this year, putting the city on pace to eclipse its record of eight last year.

Anne Arundel County police called to the 1000 block of Bestgate Road on March 15 found Lockett suffering from a broken rib and punctured lung. He told officers that at about 8 p.m. the previous evening, a man attacked him from behind while he was near 80 West Street. He said that he thought that the person went through his pockets before running away, though he had nothing of value to steal.

Lockett did not report the attack nor seek assistance, and made his way out to Bestgate Road on foot. He was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where his condition worsened until he died March 17.

Annapolis officers said they saw no evidence of a crime on West Street and could find no witnesses. Anyone with any information is asked to call police at 410-268-4141.

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