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By Childs Walker | childs.walker@baltsun.com | January 25, 2010
Three Baltimore men were arrested and charged Sunday with first-degree murder in the Saturday morning stabbing death of a Marine at a house party in Northeast Baltimore, police said. The three men arrested and charged with the murder of Pfc. Darius Ray were Michael Wiggins, 26; Vernon Hadley, 22; and Nicky Woodward, 27, said Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. Four homicide detectives interviewed more than 30 witnesses to the stabbing, Guglielmi said. "The murder of a service member hits very hard," Guglielmi said.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2014
A Howard County judge sent Morgan Lane Arnold back to jail from a juvenile facility Monday, ruling that the 16-year-old should be tried as an adult on charges she plotted with her boyfriend to kill her father. Circuit Judge William Tucker told a full courtroom that Arnold, accused of helping plan the May 2013 killing of her father, well-known businessman and blogger Dennis Lane, needs intensive mental health treatment. There's no guarantee she would get it in the five years she might spend in the juvenile system if found guilty, Tucker said.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2010
A 48-year-old homeless man who police say set his girlfriend on fire has been indicted on first-degree murder charges by a Howard County grand jury. Richard Rodola, of no fixed address in Laurel, poured gasoline on Pamela Myers on Oct. 23 in the woods where they lived, police say. Myers, 37, died last week at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. She was taken to the hospital with severe burns covering 70 percent of her body, police said. According to police, Rodola used Myers' own pocket lighter to start the fire.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2014
Four teenagers are charged as adults with robbing and stabbing a pizza delivery driver in Essex Monday night, Baltimore County police said. Police said the teens, between 16 and 19, attacked a Pizza Boli's driver as he attempted to make a delivery in the 1100 block of Tace Drive around 11:30 p.m. The 20-year-old driver was taken to a local hospital. The manager at the Back River Neck Road restaurant said previously that the employee has been released from the hospital. Charged are Raquawn Montrel Harrison, 18, of the 900 block of Holgate Drive, Michael Frederick Powell 17, of the unit block of Helmsman Court, Davonte Montrell Eckeard, 16, of the 1400 block of Hadwick Drive in Essex and Jonathan Richard Fly, 19, of the 5200 block of King Avenue in Rosedale.
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By Ian Duncan and Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2013
A Baltimore County jury convicted a man Wednesday of murder in the gang shooting that rocked Towson Town Center mall at the height of the Christmas shopping rush two years ago. Tyrone Chester Brown Jr., 21, was found guilty of first-degree murder for killing Rodney Pridget in a retaliatory shooting that was to help Brown gain entry to the Black Guerrilla Family gang, State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger said. He faces life in prison without parole when he is sentenced on May 7. "We feel justice has been served," said William Pridgen, Pridget's uncle.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2013
A Glen Burnie man was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for the first-degree murder of a man outside a bar in Glen Burnie, according to a spokeswoman for the Anne Arundel County prosecutors. Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Ronald A. Silkworth ordered that Clayton A. Battle, 35, begin his sentence after he completes an eight-year prison term on a drug conviction. Battle pleaded guilty last February to fatally shooting Kelly T. Fisher, a 30-year-old Glen Burnie resident, outside Dietrich's Tavern on Dec. 4, 2010.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2013
A Baltimore County jury on Tuesday rejected a White Marsh woman's claim that the only way to end years of spousal abuse was to hire a hit man to kill her husband. The jury, composed of nine women and three men, convicted Karla Porter of first-degree murder in a case that tested the scope of self-defense arguments. The 51-year-old defendant stood stoically in a dark pant suit with her long red hair tightly braided as the jury foreman read the verdict, which could send her to prison for the rest of her life without the possibility of parole.
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By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2011
After a two-week trial that traced a failing marriage's path from disharmony to a vicious killing, a former community activist in Northeast Baltimore was found guilty Friday of first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of his pregnant wife in 2008. The jury also convicted Cleaven L. Williams Jr. of a dangerous-weapon charge in the death of Veronica Williams, with whom he had three children. Their relationship, testimony showed, was fast disintegrating in the weeks before she was attacked.
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By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2011
A Baltimore County jury concluded Monday that Frederick A. Christian killed his girlfriend — the mother of their 2-year-old child — in November 2009 and that he used a gun to do so, even though the weapon was never found and, prosecutors conceded, much of the evidence against him was circumstantial. Testimony in Christian's trial, which lasted more than a week, showed that the body of 23-year-old Jerryell Myesha Foster was dumped near a highway in Virginia, where it was found several months after she disappeared from the apartment in Cockeysville she had shared with the defendant and their daughter.
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By Justin Fenton, Kayla Bawroski and Kevin Rector, Baltimore Sun Media Group | May 31, 2012
The 21-year-old college student allegedly told detectives that he hadn't just killed the man who'd lived with his family for months, but had eaten his heart and portions of his brain. The victim's severed head and hands were found in the men's Harford County home; more remains were left in a trash container outside a church. Authorities outlined the macabre circumstances Thursday in charges against Alexander Kinyua, an electrical engineering major at Morgan State University and member of his school's ROTC program, of first-degree murder in the death of 37-year-old Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie, a Ghanaian national and a former master's degree student.
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By Carrie Wells and Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2014
Howard County police charged a Hyattsville man with murder in connection with the shooting death of another man in Dayton on Friday afternoon. Rodolfo Miguel Cervantes, 31, of Hyatsville, was found dead in an outbuilding on a property in the 4900 block of Ten Oaks Road in Dayton at about 3 p.m. Police had been called to the area for a report of shots fired. Police charged Ismael Guerra Vasquez, 36, with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and the use of a firearm during a felony.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2014
Police arrested a man suspected in a December shooting that left a 30-year-old man dead in East Baltimore's Coldstream Homestead Montebello neighborhood, the department announced Wednesday night. Alonzo Purnell Harris, 23, of the 1700 block of E. 30th St., has been charged with first-degree murder in the Dec. 19 killing of Devlon Cates, Jr., police said. Cates was found around 1:30 p.m. with seven gunshot wounds in a Honda Oddysey minivan in the 1500 block of E. 29th St., police said.
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By Sean Welsh, The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2014
Baltimore police announced an arrest in connection with Monday's double-stabbing along York Road, but the identity of the victim remains unclear. A male died in the stabbing, which took place around 8:40 p.m. on April 14 in the 5100 block of York Road. Police Thursday declined to release the name of the victim, saying in a statement the name "has been withheld to further investigative efforts. " Jimy James Jackson, 24, was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree murder in connection with the stabbing.
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By Justin Fenton and Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2014
A 31-year-old Massachusetts man was fatally stabbed early Thursday at a marina in Fells Point, according to police and a city councilman. Police said a suspect, a 43-year-old Odenton man, was in custody. Police identified the victim as Osher Perez and the suspect as Raymond Mundy. The killing happened around 2:30 a.m. off the 2100 block of Aliceanna St., after an argument between the two, Perez's friends told police. According to charging documents, Perez's friends told police they were with him in a red, two-door Ford Mustang at the intersection of Aliceanna and S. Washington streets when the suspect approached.
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By Dan Morse and The Washington Post | March 14, 2014
A Montgomery County woman accused of stabbing her children in a bloody exorcism was formally indicted on first-degree murder charges Thursday. Her attorney said he plans to pursue an insanity defense. Brian Shefferman, who represents Zakieya Avery, said his client probably was not criminally responsible for her conduct Jan. 17 inside a townhouse in Germantown. “I think the evidence will show she was clearly seriously mentally ill at the time,” he said. Avery was indicted on two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of her 18-month-old son, Norell Harris, and 2-year-old daughter, Zyana Harris.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2014
A Millersville man has been indicted for murder in connection with the shooting death of another man last Halloween during an apparent botched robbery attempt. Gregory Dontae Lewis, 34, of the 700 block of Cecil Avenue, was indicted by an Anne Arundel County Grand Jury on Friday on charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, manslaughter, armed robbery and multiple firearms violations. The victim, 44-year-old Rene Filsfdelfo Leiva Archila of Baltimore, was found suffering from a gunshot wound in a parking lot on Railroad Avenue in Harmans at 7:45 p.m. on Oct. 31. He died at a local hospital.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 14, 2012
Two 18-year-old men have been arrested in the fatal shooting of another man in Pasadena early Saturday morning, Anne Arundel County police said Sunday. Ronald Lee McLeod, of Columbia, and Daniel Alex Savage, of Glen Burnie, have been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of Matthew Morrow, 21, who died at an area hospital after being found with gunshot wounds in the 7000 block of Outing Avenue about 1:30 a.m. Another man — whom The Sun confirmed to be mixed martial arts fighter Darren Costa, 20 — was also found shot and was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | March 9, 2014
The 11-year-old Dundalk girl found after a frantic, multistate search has been reunited with her twin sister, family members said Sunday. Caitlyn Virts and her twin sister, Cayla, were back together in the care of Baltimore County social services workers, according to the twins' grandmother, Anna Trainor-Goodwin. Police found Caitlyn in a Florence, S.C., hotel Friday after issuing an Amber Alert and fielding thousands of tips. "I'm hoping and praying that they let me have them," said Trainor-Goodwin, who lives near Patterson Park in Baltimore.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | March 2, 2014
Baltimore police say they believe a 50-year-old man killed his roommate after an argument inside a Northwest apartment, Det. Jeremy Silbert said Sunday. William Brown is charged with first degree murder in the death of Andre Hill, 53, Silbert said. The victim was found stabbed to death shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday inside an apartment in the 3600 block of Seven Mile Lane in Cross Country, according to police. Police said Brown stabbed Hill multiple times. ywenger@baltsun.com twitter.com/yvonnewenger
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