Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

January 16, 2009

Man accused of killing wife pleads not guilty

A Baltimore man accused of fatally stabbing his wife outside a courthouse where she had just received a protective order pleaded not guilty yesterday and asked for a jury trial. Cleaven Williams, 33, of the 900 block of E. North Ave. was arraigned on charges of first-degree murder and deadly weapons violations. He is accused of attacking his estranged wife, Veronica Williams, 28, about 4:15 p.m. Nov. 17 outside the Eastside Courthouse in the 1300 block of E. North Ave. An off-duty officer said he saw the attack, stopped to help the woman and shot the attacker in an attempt to stop the assault. Veronica Williams died three days later at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her relatives and supporters from the House of Ruth were in court yesterday, wearing purple clothes and lapel ribbons. "It's not just the family that's hurting. There are three major victims," said Carlin Robinson, Veronica Williams' cousin, referring to the couple's three young children.

Liz F. Kay

Man sought in shooting found dead in vehicle

A man sought in the shooting of a woman in Laurel late Wednesday night was found dead, an apparent suicide, in his vehicle on the shoulder of Interstate 95 in Howard County early yesterday, according to the state police at the Waterloo barracks. A trooper was on patrol when he stopped on the northbound shoulder of I-95 north of Route 32 about 2:15 a.m. to examine what appeared to be an unattended Ford Explorer. Inside, however, the trooper found a man dead in the driver's seat from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. A police radio notification at 11:15 p.m. Wednesday alerted officers to look for a 1998 gray sport utility vehicle with Virginia tags in connection with the shooting of a woman, who had been shot two times in the head. She is being treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, police said.

Yesterday, police identified the man as Aqil Mubarak Abdul-Haqq, 32, of Hyattsville.

Larry Carson

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