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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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 | 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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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 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 Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2014
A Millersville man was charged with attempted murder Thursday after police said he took a box cutter to the face of a man who had been with his girlfriend. Police said the victim was with a woman in an otherwise-empty room on the fifth floor of the Conte office building, at 116 Defense Highway in Annapolis. The woman's boyfriend, identified as James Kerry Bennett, 43, entered the room and found the two, allegedly slicing the man's face with a box cutter before running away. The victim, who police did not identify, was bleeding heavily when police arrived at around 4 p.m. A 911 caller said he had a head injury and was naked from the waist down.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | December 30, 2013
An Annapolis man has been arrested and charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing a man with a box cutter in an incident that has left the victim in critical condition, police said on Monday. Annapolis Police said in a statement that the incident occurred at 11:50 p.m. on Friday on the 100 block of Main Street. According to police, witnesses said that Larry Mason, 33, of Annapolis and the victim were fighting when Mason cut the victim in the chest with the box cutter.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | December 15, 2013
Anne Arundel County Police have charged a 30-year-old Laurel woman with stabbing her husband to death. About 10:30 a.m. Friday, Anne Arundel County Police responded to a home in the 8300 block of Frostwood Road in Laurel, where they found Johnnie Sutton III, 38, dead. Marquita Berry-Sutton, 30, who also lived at the residence, is charged with second degree murder. The office of the chief medical examiner determined that Sutton, who was serving in the Army, suffered several stab wounds and ruled his death was a homicide, that had been caused by blunt force trauma.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | October 8, 2013
A Bel Air teen is facing life in prison and is being held on $2 million bail after being charged with attempted murder and other crimes for allegedly cutting a man during a fight early Saturday morning in Bel Air. The details of the incident are unclear, but Harford County Sheriff's Office spokesman Edward Hopkins said Edwin Hernandez-Rodriquez, of the 1100 block of Vanguard Way, is charged with attempted first- and second-degree murder, first- and...
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2013
Baltimore Police have charged a Baltimore man with murder in connection with the stabbing death of another man in McElderry Park early on Saturday morning. Todd Pollard, 28, of the 400 block of N. Montford Avenue was charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, concealing a dangerous weapon and using a dangerous weapon with the intent to injure. He had no lawyer listed in online court records for this charge. Police said Pollard and another man, 38-year-old Miles Ringgold of the 1300 block of Crofton Street, were arguing at 12:15 a.m. Saturday in the 400 block of N. Montford Avenue when the victim was stabbed in the chest.
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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 Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2013
A New Jersey police officer has been indicted on a charge of first-degree murder in the shooting of a Lansdowne man on Interstate 97 in an alleged road rage incident. An Anne Arundel County grand jury indicted Joseph Lamont Walker, 40, on murder and weapons charges in the death June 8 of Joseph Dale Harvey Jr., a 36-year-old truck driver who grew up in the Old Mill area of the county. Walker, an officer with the Hudson County, N.J., prosecutor's office, was initially charged with second-degree murder, which is listed along with manslaughter as a lesser charge in the court documents filed Tuesday.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2013
A man accused of stabbing his aunt's ex-boyfriend to death in Baltimore last year was found guilty by a jury Monday, the Baltimore Office of the State's Attorney said Tuesday. Jeremiah McBride, 25, was convicted of second-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of Thomas Rawlings, 24. According to the state's attorney, McBride's aunt had broken off a relationship with Rawlings but continued to let him temporarily live in her home in the 1800 block of Fulton Avenue. "When the aunt told McBride about some of the difficulties that she and the victim were having, McBride became outraged, grabbed a knife, and stabbed the victim, who had just come in the house," the Office of the State's Attorney said in a statement.
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