City Tops '08 Homicide Total

2 More Reported Killings Bring 2009's Total To 235

December 29, 2009|By Justin Fenton and Richard Irwin | Justin Fenton and Richard Irwin,Justin.fenton@baltsun.com and dick.irwin@baltsun.com

Baltimore has surpassed its 2008 homicide total with days to go in 2009.

On the heels of three fatal shootings Saturday night, police reported two additional killings Monday: An East Baltimore man shot in his home Tuesday died over the weekend at an area hospital, and police said the remains found in an East Baltimore rowhouse in October 2008 are those of a woman who was strangled.

The killings bring the city total to 235, one more than the number recorded in 2008. Last year's figure represented a 20-year low. Though killings are up, police statistics show total shootings are down more than 20 percent, as nonfatal shootings have dropped by more than 125.

Harrison Butler, 44, of the 700 block of N. Linwood Ave. was shot in the head about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday by an unknown assailant and was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was placed on life support, said homicide detective Roscoe Lewis.

Lewis said Butler was removed from the system Saturday after various organs were removed for transplants. Lewis said the circumstances of Butler's death remain under investigation.

On Monday, police said Trina Johnson, 27, whose remains were found Oct. 18, 2008, in a rowhouse in the 1900 block of E. Lanvale St., had been added to the homicide count after an investigation determined she had been strangled.

Her remains were discovered by a contractor doing work on the home, and police say a suspect is in custody on an unrelated charge.

Police also identified a 21-year-old man found shot to death Saturday night in the 1800 block of E. Pratt St., in the Upper Fells Point neighborhood. Kinlaw Jones, who was pronounced dead at 12:30 a.m. Sunday, had a long criminal record, including a December 2008 drug distribution conviction and an attempted murder charge in June 2008, for which he pleaded guilty to assault and possession of a deadly weapon.

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