Crime Watch

April 24, 2008

Man charged in death

A 28-year-old man is being held without bail in the Worcester County Detention Center on charges he killed a woman Monday in the Eastern Shore town of Berlin, according to Maryland State Police.

Roberto Antonio Murillo is charged with first-degree murder and first- and second-degree assault. Police said he lived on the same block as the victim on Deep Channel Drive.

Cecilia D. Parker, 56, was found dead in her home Monday by a co-worker, who was worried because she didn't show up for her shift at Frontier Town, a theme park south of Ocean City.

The co-worker found Parker on the floor. She was later pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. Police said she had injuries to her body, but the cause of death has not been determined, police said.

Authorities did not release any information about motive and would not say what led detectives to the suspect, who was arrested Monday night and charged Tuesday.

Woman gets life in killing

A woman convicted in two killings was sentenced to life in prison yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court.

In February, a city jury found Juanita Robinson, 28, of the 6600 block of Knottwood Court guilty in the shooting death of her boyfriend, Andre McBride. Four years earlier, Robinson had pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the stabbing death of her twin sister's boyfriend, Derrick Colbert, 16.

She was not sentenced to prison in the Colbert case after the victim's mother asked Circuit Judge Kaye M. Allison for leniency for Robinson, who had said Colbert was abusive and that she was angry that her sister would not press charges or leave him.

Melissa Harris

Inmate guilty in '97 death

A man serving 30 years in prison for attempted rape and attempted murder pleaded guilty in Baltimore Circuit Court yesterday to killing an unlicensed cabdriver 11 years ago in a dispute over a $6 fare, city prosecutors said.

Tamar McCullough, 30, formerly of the 2200 block of Windsor Ave., was sentenced to 35 years in prison for second-degree murder and five years for using a handgun in a crime of violence, prosecutors said. He shot Gary Coleman, 44, in the head in the 200 block of N. Milton Ave. on May 27, 1997.

Prosecutors said McCullough refused to pay his fare upon arriving on Milton Avenue and then demanded money. When Coleman resisted, prosecutors said, McCullough shot him with a .44-caliber handgun.

Homicide detectives were unable to identify the culprit until a suspect in an unrelated case tipped them off, according to Joseph Sviatko, a spokesman for the city state's attorney's office.

Sviatko said McCullough's new sentence will run concurrent with the 30-year term he began serving in 2003 on the attempted-murder conviction.

City police officer shot while off duty

An off-duty Baltimore City police officer was shot about 12:30 a.m. today on a parking lot outside an East Baltimore bar and was rushed by police-escorted ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Details of the shooting and the seriousness of the officer's wound were not available.

Moments after the shooting, several streets surrounding the shooting scene were blocked by police cars so the ambulance crew could reach the wounded officer and get him to Shock Trauma as quickly as possible.

"Clear the way for the ambulance," shouted one officer over his radio.

Officers in patrol cars escorting the ambulance radioed ahead requesting police cars to block intersections downtown to expedite the trip to Shock Trauma.

An employee of Haven Place, a bar in the 400 block of North Haven St. at Orleans Street, said the shooting took place on a parking lot outside the bar, but he could not provide details.

Richard Irwin

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