Man charged with killing 19-year-old bystander; arrests made in 2 other homicides

Victim had planned to attend college; police describe her as innocent victim

  • James Cureton
James Cureton (Photo courtesy of Baltimore…)
April 29, 2011|By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun

The man charged in connection with last month's fatal shooting of a 19-year-old woman in Better Waverly is in jail and being held without bail in connection with a January armed robbery, according to court records.

James Cureton, 21, of the 5200 block of Anthony Lane, now faces first-degree murder and other charges in the death of Tanise Ervin. Authorities had described her as an innocent bystander who had just graduated from high school and was planning to attend college to study nursing.

Baltimore police also announced Friday that suspects have been charged in a fatal shooting in January as well as in a February stabbing.

Ervin was one of three people shot March 12 outside a carryout in the 900 block of Gorsuch Ave. The shop is steps from where she lived with her mother in Serenity House, an apartment building that is an offshoot of a women's shelter run by the Sisters of Mercy and Sisters of Notre Dame.

Cureton was arrested April 1 on unrelated armed-robbery, assault and gun charges at the Baltimore City Detention Center. A trial on those charges is scheduled May 3.

In the armed-robbery case, Cureton is accused of stealing two cellphones, a set of keys, a wallet and a pack of cigarettes from a couple in the Frankford neighborhood of Northeast Baltimore on Jan. 28, according to court records.

Ervin's family, residents of Serenity House and other neighbors said they feel reassured now that they know that the person accused of killing Ervin is not walking the streets.

"The fact that he will be able to be brought to trial for the actual shooting is just wonderful news for all of us," said Katie Allston, executive director of Marian House, which is affiliated with Serenity Place.

Allston said they will support Ervin's mother through the trial and will explore ways to memorialize her daughter. "We like the idea of there being some positive messages out there as a result of this tragedy," she said.

Baltimore police have also charged a man and a woman in the stabbing of Steven Williams, 53, in the 1100 block of W. Cross St. in Washington Village on Feb. 15.

According to documents, Anthony Johnston, 29, of the 1700 block of E. 28th St. and Chadonna Chase, 23, of the 200 block of Perrywood Court in Aberdeen approached Williams and began to fight over property.

Williams tried to run, but Johnston chased him and stabbed him repeatedly with a sharp object, according to the charging documents. Witnesses said they saw Chase removing evidence dropped by Johnston and leaving the scene with him in a tan SUV registered to her, the charging documents state.

In addition, police have charged Freddie Curry, 39, of the first block of Enchanted Hill Road in Owings Mills with first-degree murder and other charges in connection with the Jan. 28 shooting of Raynard Benjamin, 30, in the 800 block of W. Pratt St.

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