Crime Watch


November 27, 2008

Six inmates stabbed in Jessup altercation

Six inmates were stabbed yesterday at the medium-security men's prison in Jessup, a state correctional services official said. None of the injuries at Maryland Correctional Institution-Jessup appeared to be life-threatening, spokesman Mark Vernarelli said in an e-mail about the incident. But two inmates were transported to the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore and another was sent to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Vernarelli said. One of the inmates was returned to the corrections infirmary in Jessup, while the other three inmates who were injured did not require transport to outside hospitals, he said. The incident prompted a lockdown, and the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services' internal investigative unit was leading an investigation, Vernarelli said. As of yesterday evening, no information about a motive or suspect was available. The stabbings apparently occurred while inmates were moving from the housing units to the cafeteria for lunch. The internal investigative unit and a canine unit also responded to the incident, Vernarelli said.

Joe Burris

City police identify victim of fatal shooting

City police have identified the man shot Saturday night in the 6600 block of Eberle Drive in Northwest Baltimore as Isiah Benjamin, 39, of the 2400 block of Gainesborough Court in Hamilton. Police said Benjamin was seated in the passenger's seat of his girlfriend's car about 9:20 p.m. when an unidentified man fired at least one shot through the passenger window and struck Benjamin in the head. Benjamin was found outside the vehicle and was taken by ambulance to Sinai Hospital, where he died shortly before midnight. The woman was uninjured. No arrest has been made.

Richard Irwin

Retired judge to hear appeal in children's killings

The appellate hearing for two men convicted in the 2004 murders of three children in Baltimore will be heard by a retired Howard County judge, according to the Baltimore state's attorney's office. Adan Canela, 21, and Policarpio Espinoza Perez, 26, were convicted in 2006 of beheading one child and nearly decapitating two others. Canela and Espinoza are serving life in prison without the possibility of parole, but their attorneys have contended that jury notes during their second trial were not communicated to all attorneys involved. On Nov. 7, Baltimore Circuit Judge John Miller ordered the hearing on the jury notes issue assigned to Judge Dennis Sweeney, a retired Howard County Circuit judge, said Baltimore prosecutor Joe Sviatko. Sweeney is considered an expert on jury trials. No hearing date was set.

Tyeesha Dixon

Teen charged in Annapolis shooting

An Anne Arundel County teen turned himself in and was charged yesterday afternoon in a shooting that police say was in retaliation for a double homicide Nov. 16 in Odenton, police said. Rishard Richard Naylor, 17, whose last known address was in Arnold, turned himself in at police headquarters yesterday just after noon and was charged as an adult with attempted first-degree murder and related offenses, police said in a news release. Another teen, Dametres Maurekoe Short, 18, of Newtowne Drive in Annapolis, is also charged in the second shooting. In that incident, Maurice Lashern Brown was in the 800 block of Betsy Court in Annapolis when his girlfriend began receiving phone calls saying that Brown was in danger. Two men walked up to Brown and one said, "You are the reason my people got shot last night," according to police. Several shots were then fired, police said. In the Odenton shooting, four men were shot, two fatally, in a parking lot near Fort Meade.

Julie Scharper

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