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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2014
A Washington man who authorities say may be with a missing 8-year-old girl has been charged with his wife's murder. Prince George's County police said Friday they obtained an arrest warrant for Kahlil Malik Tatum, 51, of the 2500 block of N Street in Southeast Washington. He is wanted in connection with the death of 51-year-old Andrea Denise Tatum, who was found dead Thursday from a gunshot wound in a motel room on Oxon Hill Road. Investigators believe that Kahlil Tatum may be with Relisha Tenau Rudd, for whom an Amber Alert was issued Thursday.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2014
Police charged two men this week in connection with the murder of a Calvert County man in Annapolis last year, and the charges indicate the victim was also robbed amid the fatal shooting. Tahzay Brown, 24, of Glen Burnie, was arrested Sunday and charged with first- and second-degree murder, armed robbery, assault and other charges. Todd Brown, 25, of Annapolis, was arrested two days later and faces the same charges. Police did not say if the two men are related. The charges stem from the April 2013 fatal shooting of John Donnel Ray, 32, of Huntingtown in Calvert County.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2014
Two men have been arrested and charged in the shooting and robbery of an Annapolis taxi driver found dead in Crownsville earlier this month, prosecutors said. Michael Juvan Wallace, 23, of Fort Meade, and Trevor Allen Snead, 17, of Faulkner, face murder, assault, armed robbery and other charges in the March 12 killing of Benjamin Delano Kirby, Jr., according to the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney. Kirby, 41, was found with a gunshot wound in the head in a driveway near the intersection of Honeysuckle Lane and Generals Highway.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2014
Timothy Virts, accused of killing Bobbie Jo Cortez this month and abducting one of their daughters, will remain in jail pending trial, a judge ruled Tuesday. Virts, 38, waived his right to attend a bail hearing and did not appear in court. No attorney was present. The judge complied with a prosecutor's request to continue holding Virts without bail. Police say Virts stabbed 36-year-old Bobbie Jo Cortez in her house in the 3100 Ardee Way in Dundalk earlier this month and fled the area with their 11-year-old daughter Caitlyn Virts.
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By Justin George and Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2014
Baltimore police Sgt. Keith Mcneill was sitting in his Toyota Tundra, about to leave the garage where his vehicle had been repaired, when he noticed someone lurking around the East Baltimore business. The off-duty officer called the shop's owner, who had left moments earlier. The man immediately doubled back and returned to Higgs Automotive just in time to hear the gunfire that would pierce the Tundra's doors and leave Mcneill struggling for life. Court documents released Tuesday provided a clearer picture of the circumstances surrounding the shooting Friday - even as a motive remained elusive.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2014
Two men were convicted Friday of randomly firing into a group of young people, killing a 12-year-old boy and wounding three others in an attempt to "send a message" to their East Baltimore neighbors. In May 2011, prosecutors said, Danyae Robinson, 31, and Derrick Brown, 20, fired at least 15 shots, seeking to avenge the shooting earlier that night of a fellow gang member — even though their victims had nothing to do with their gang's rivals or the earlier shooting. "This was a deplorable, unconscionable act of violence that hurt many and took the life of one of our young people," State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein said in a statement.
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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 14, 2014
Annapolis police charged two men — one of them the cousin of the capital city's mayor — with attempted murder in connection with a January shooting and robbery. Police arrested Maurice Hall 26, and Savvas Andre Pantelides, 24, on Thursday. Pantelides is a cousin of Mayor Mike Pantelides, according to Rhonda Wardlaw, the mayor's spokeswoman. Wardlaw said the mayor had no comment on the arrest. Wardlaw also confirmed that acting city attorney Timothy Murnane was at the police station Thursday when Savvas Pantelides was there.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2014
A Baltimore man went free Thursday after almost six years in prison, as city prosecutors dropped murder conspiracy charges against him because a federal investigation led to the conviction of another man. The man targeted by federal authorities pleaded guilty last year, but John Mooney waited six more months in prison. On Thursday, a prosecutor dropped the charges. Mooney, 26, was not in court for the final hearing, and the action happened so quickly that his family — sitting in the back row of the courtroom — did not immediately realize what had taken place.
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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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