Woman killed preparing to move out, court says

December 05, 2008|By Justin Fenton | Justin Fenton,justin.fenton@baltsun.com

A woman killed Sunday night in Northeast Baltimore was planning to leave her husband - with her belongings and divorce papers ready to go, according to charging documents in the case.

The documents detail a gruesome scene after members of the city police SWAT team rushed the home: Antonio Girard Stewart, 29, was found unconscious on the back porch of a neighboring home and dangling from his neck by a belt, still clutching a handgun in his left hand. Lying at the bottom of the basement stairwell was Dawn Williams-Stewart, shot in the stomach.

Police would also find several suitcases and overnight bags, packed with women's and infants' clothing.

The incident began about 8:35 p.m., when police received a call for a domestic dispute at Bel Air Road and Parkside Drive. The first officer on the scene was met by Williams-Stewart's daughter, Litia Land, who said her mother was attempting to move out of their home in the 4000 block of Parkside Drive.

She warned police that Stewart was armed and was "an ex-police officer," the documents say. Officers heard numerous gunshots coming from the home's basement as they made entry and quickly withdrew from the scene. The city's SWAT team assumed command of the situation and entered the home at 11:15 p.m.

Williams-Stewart was pronounced dead a half-hour later; Stewart was treated at the scene and taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was charged with first-degree murder Monday and ordered held without bond.

Police could not confirm whether Stewart had a background in law enforcement, but court records indicate he has worked as a security guard and has a criminal record in Baltimore City and Baltimore County dating to 2003.

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