A 28-year-old man has been charged in the March stabbing death of a 24-year-old man who police say was followed after a dispute at a Woodlawn night club.
Court records show that Terrence Fitzhugh of the 4700 block of Amberley Ave. was arrested and charged Friday with first-degree murder in the killing March 20 of David McClaughlin, a father and Baltimore Public Works employee. Fitzhugh was ordered held without bond Tuesday.
Detectives wrote in charging documents that Fitzhugh gave a statement saying he was attacked by two men at a gas station at the Edmondson Village Shopping Center. He said one of the men dropped a knife, which he picked up and used to stab McClaughlin.
The victim's mother, Sandra Wootten, praised police but said the case brought "mixed emotion."
"I think Detective [Joon] Kim and his team did an excellent job — I just hope it will stick," Wootten said Tuesday.
Police appealed for help in the case in March. McClaughlin had been hanging out with friends at Peju's Restaurant and Lounge in Woodlawn when he and his friends got into a dispute with another group.
When McClaughlin and his friends left the club, police believe, they were followed by as many as four carloads of people who began fighting with them at a Shell gas station in the 4500 block of Edmondson Ave.
Police say a vehicle registered to Fitzhugh's mother was shown pulling into the gas station, then pulling away. Moments later, detectives wrote, a man they identified as Fitzhugh walked into the lot and other cars pulled up, and a fight broke out.
Fitzhugh "is observed walking up to the victim who is already entangled with other attackers. In the video, an unknown object is seen being picked up by the defendant, which he uses by jabbing it into the victim's side," records show.
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