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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 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 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 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 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 | 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 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 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 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 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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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2014
An 18-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of his father in their home in Dundalk Thursday. Police said Richard J. Washington and his father, Richard A. Washington, 52, got into an argument at their apartment in the 2000 block of Paulette Road at around 1 p.m. before the younger Washington shot his father several times with a large-caliber gun. The younger Washington was taken into custody when police arrived,...
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2014
A Baltimore jury convicted a man Tuesday for ambushing two men shortly after closing time at a late-night club, then turning a gun on his own girlfriend. Assistant state's attorney Charles Blomquist told jurors at the start of the trial that Ricky Horton had been "hunting and stalking" Sean Rhodes and Rudy Hyman and their girlfriends as they hung out at two after-hours clubs last year. Just before 6 a.m. on Jan. 13, 2013, Horton, 27, shot at the two men outside the Ras-a-Ter International Restaurant and Club in the 2100 block of W. North Ave. Horton fled in a getaway car, according to prosecutors; Rhodes died of his injuries, while Hyman survived.
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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 Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2014
A 41-year-old Reisterstown man has been charged with killing his wife and then burning down their house last month, Baltimore County police said Wednesday. Anthony Paul Rutherford, of Fox Run Court, faces first-degree murder and arson charges in the Dec. 8 death of his wife, 35-year-old Kendra Michelle Rutherford. Firefighters found Kendra Rutherford unresponsive in the burning house and took her to Northwest Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. An autopsy later found she had been asphyxiated, and an investigation determined the fire had been intentionally set. Anthony Rutherford was arrested and is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.
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By Dan Morse, The Washington Post | January 25, 2014
A Montgomery County judge on Friday ordered a mental health evaluation for a woman accused of killing two toddlers in what police said was an attempt at an exorcism. Monifa Sanford, 21, is being held without bond in the Montgomery County jail, charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Her housemate, Zakieya Avery, the mother of the two children, also is being held without bond and is charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Both women also are charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder because they are accused of attacking Avery's two older children.
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