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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2013
A St. Michael's man is charged with second-degree murder after police said he grabbed an Easton man around his neck before he died earlier this month. Matthew Mikowski, 17, was indicted Tuesday, in the death of Samuel I. Cross, 18, whose body was found by state troopers near Bozman-Neavit Road and St. Michael's Road June 10. The two men were with a group that may have been using LSD, police said. Witnesses told police Mikowski grabbed Cross around the neck, according to police, who believe Mikowski moved Cross' body and left it near the victim's Honda Pilot, where he was later found.
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By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
A 46-year-old Laurel man has been charged with killing his 68-year-old father in a fight at their home Sunday morning, Howard County police said. Nandal Gupta and his son, Deepak, got into an argument that turned physical, police said, causing Nandal to experience chest pains. Emergency responders took him from the home in the 9500 block of Washington Ave. to Laurel Regional Hospital, where he died at 9:35 a.m. Deepak Gupta has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and first- and second-degree assault, police said.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2012
The Maryland Court of Special Appeals upheld a Baltimore County man's conviction in the death of his wife who went missing the night she was supposed to go to a Motley Crue concert in Washington and whose body was never found. Dennis J. Tetso, 47, who was found guilty of second-degree murder in the presumed death of Tracey Leigh Gardner, lost his appeal that argued a lack of insufficient evidence to support conviction for second-degree murder. Although Gardner's body was never recovered, the court's opinion agreed with the state's arguments that Gardner's disappearance and lack of contact with family and friends and use of credit cards was enough to show that Gardner was dead.
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By Colin Campbell and Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2014
A 24-year-old woman was charged with killing her two children, ages 1 and 3, in Cheverly on Sunday, Prince George's County police said. Police said Sonya Spoon, of the 6200 block of Forrest Rd., admitted to suffocating the children, Ayden and Kayla. Officers were called to the home at about 2:15 a.m. Sunday, and the children were rushed to the hospital, where they died. Their deaths were ruled homicides, and Spoon was arrested and charged with two counts each of first- and second-degree murder.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2013
A Baltimore City Circuit Court jury on Thursday convicted a 22-year-old man of second-degree murder in a shooting in Southwest Baltimore that killed a bystander and left two others injured in 2010. Harry Davis, 22, faces a maximum sentence of 108 years. He was also convicted of two counts of second-degree assault and two weapons violations, the Baltimore City State's Attorney's office said. Sentencing is scheduled for July 2. Prosecutors said Davis approached four men on the 500 block of Eastlynn Ave. on Sept.
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By Nick Madigan, Baltimore Sun | October 22, 2010
A man whose wife disappeared five years ago was found guilty Friday of second-degree murder by a Baltimore County jury. The case is believed to be the first of its kind in the county to be tried without a body, and family members said they will persist in trying to find the remains of Tracey Leigh Gardner. Dennis J. Tetso, 45, who had been free on bail since his arrest in June 2009, was led away in handcuffs and faces a 30-year term when he is sentenced on Nov. 23. Tetso and his 32-year-old wife had been having marital problems when she vanished in March 2005 on her way to a Motley Crue concert in Washington, according to testimony.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2013
Robert Jarrett Jr. was convicted Tuesday of murdering his wife, following a trial in which prosecutors described him as a "cold-blooded killer" who allowed his sons to walk over her body buried beneath their backyard shed for two decades. Howard County jurors handed down a guilty verdict on one count of second-degree murder after deliberating into the night, bringing an end to a years-long investigation. Prosecutors, who had pushed for a first-degree murder conviction, said they would seek the maximum penalty of 30 years in prison at Jarrett's sentencing, scheduled in August.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer | May 31, 1995
A 38-year-old stockbroker was convicted of second-degree murder yesterday for killing his girlfriend in her Glen Burnie apartment by stabbing her two dozen times, slashing her throat and smashing her on the head with a hammer.Thomas General Jr. of the 1600 block of N. Capitol St. in Washington was convicted by a jury that deliberated three hours before finding him guilty of murder in the death of Mary Gadson in her apartment in the 7800 block of Tall Pines Court on June 5 but also finding that the crime lacked the premeditation required for a first-degree murder conviction.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | February 6, 2013
A Baltimore jury found Michael Maurice Johnson guilty of second-degree murder in the 2010 death of 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes, agreeing with prosecutors that the last known person to see the North Carolina teen alive was also her killer. Johnson stood with his eyes closed as jurors read the verdict and did not appear to react. Jurors acquitted him on the initial charge of first-degree murder, but after almost two days of deliberating reached a unanimous verdict on second-degree murder, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2011
City police have charged a 42-year-old man in the killing of a woman in East Baltimore last month. Daryl Cloude, of the 1200 block of Ashland Ave., was taken into custody Monday and charged in the killing of Patsy Person, 43, who was found dead July 10 inside her home in the 200 block of N. Belnord Ave. Police said she was suffering from trauma to her head and was pronounced dead on the scene. The relationship between Cloude and Person, if any, was unclear, though Person pressed assault and theft charges against Cloude in May. Court records show Cloude was on probation for an assault conviction in 2008.
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August 25, 2014
Let me see if I understand this: Marquel Gaffney, 15, murdered Albert Smith, 56, in 2007, was charged as an adult, but pleaded guilty of second-degree murder and was sentenced in juvenile court ( "Baltimore man, 21, charged in second murder in five years," Aug. 5). In 2012, he was convicted of drug crimes and last year he was charged with unauthorized removal of property. In March of this year he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to four years in prison with all but six months suspended.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
A 19-year-old man was charged with attempted first-degree murder this week after police say he attempted to shoot a man in a carjacking in Baltimore. Police said on June 28, a suspect opened the side door of a van that had turned on to the 3600 block of Dolfield Ave. in Northwest Baltimore's Dolfield neighborhood and pointed a gun at the driver. The gun, however, became stuck in the van's door and the suspect was unable to fire, police said. The driver of the van ran away and the suspect, whom police identified as Darnell Gwynn, of Gwynn Oak, drove the van several blocks before firing at a group of people in the 3600 block of Fernhill Ave., police said.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
A case focusing national attention on the use of deadly force by off-duty law enforcement ended Wednesday when a New Jersey detective was acquitted of murder in a fatal roadside shooting last year along Route 3 in Millersville. It took an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court jury about six hours to find Joseph Lamont Walker not guilty on charges of first- and second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter and handgun violations in the death in June 2013 of Lansdowne resident Joseph Dale Harvey Jr. "The jury was able to see this for what it was — a father who was forced to defend his family, including his wife and his children, who were under attack on the side of the road," said defense attorney Charles N. Curlett Jr. "The prosecution's theory of the case that this was an act of murder ... is simply wrong.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | June 24, 2014
Baltimore police have arrested two men suspected of shooting a man in Southwest Baltimore last month, officials said. Hasan Howard, 31, and Gerald Oglesby, 22, were each charged with multiple counts of attempted murder in the shooting of a man who walked into an city hospital on May 22 with gunshot wounds to his back and left hand, police said. Detectives determined that the shooting - one of eight in the span of 24 hours that week - happened in the first block of N. Monastery Ave., police said.
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Staff Reports | May 30, 2014
A 50-year-old man has been found guilty of second-degree murder in the 2012 shooting death of a Glen Burnie man. Victor Harper was found guilty Thursday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court of fatally shooting Ray Collignon during a confrontation at a Glen Burnie home, according to the county State's Attorney Office.  According to a release from the State's Attorney's Office, Collignon had moved out of the Glen Burnie house but in 2011 returned...
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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 Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2012
A 22-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend's 14-month-old daughter, city officials said Friday. Police found the child, identified as Desmare Braxton, shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday in a home in the 800 block of N. Stricker St. in Harlem Park. Her mother's boyfriend, Sharmell Thomas, had called 911 to report the child had a seizure and was unresponsive, said Det. Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman. There were visible bruises on the child's body, and she was taken to University of Maryland Medical Center, where she later died, police said.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2014
A 26-year-old man has been arrested and charged in the January killing of Arrington Michael Sydnor in Mondawmin, police said Thursday night. Sydnor, 29, of the 2800 block of Quantico Ave., died from stab wounds to his neck and face at an area hospital shortly after police found him in the 2000 block of Wheeler Ave. in Northwest Baltimore around 5 a.m. on Jan. 18, police said. Troy McLean, of the 1500 block of N. Carey St., faces nine charges in connection with the killing: first- and second-degree murder; first- and second-degree assault; robbery; armed robbery; reckless endangerment; possession of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure; and theft of less than $100, according to online court records.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2014
A Baltimore County man has been found guilty of second-degree murder in connection with the shooting and stabbing death of a man who was on the phone with 911 when he was attacked in a wooded area of Glen Burnie last January. A jury in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court on Friday found Eric Banks guilty of second-degree murder in the death of 26-year-old Darren Bell of Curtis Bay, but found him not guilty of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and gun charges. Judge Philip T. Caroom sentenced Banks to the maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.
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