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Murder Ink

Murders this Week: 5
Murder this Year: 198

A homicide stemming from an older incident was added to the rolls this week. Wilbur Street, a 52-year-old African-American man, died in his cell at the North Branch Correctional Institution in Cumberland on Jan. 9. Street was shot in the face in the 4700 block of Haldane Road on Aug. 29, 1982. Street was convicted of assault in 2003 and received five years in prison. He was then sentenced to five years in 2007 for violating his probation. After an autopsy, his death was ruled a homicide. According to police Brenda Whitt, an African-American woman who was 27 at the time of the shooting, was charged with attempted murder and sentenced to 15 years in prison for the initial incident. The State’s Attorney’s Office was unable to confirm this information about Whitt, and the case could not be found in the Maryland Judiciary database, but on Nov. 17, the State’s Attorney’s Office cleared the case by exception.

Wednesday, Nov. 17

12:37 p.m. Marcus Brown, a 20-year-old African-American man, was sitting on a bicycle at the corner of Lanvale and Payson streets in Midtown-Edmondson. A man came up to him, pulled out a gun, and shot Brown several times. He died at an area hospital an hour later.

Friday, Nov. 19

10:35 p.m. Police went to the 1500 block of Poplar Grove Street for a triple shooting. Jerry Thomas, a 29-year-old African-American man, was shot in the torso and died at a local hospital at 11:17 p.m. A 22-year-old African-American man was shot in the left leg and the left side of the stomach. He is in stable condition at an area hospital. A 26-year-old African-American man was shot in the right leg and was treated and released. Thomas, who according to police was one of the people stabbed during the Walbrook High School reunion on Aug. 28, was with the other two men in the block when a burgundy car drove up. Someone got out of the passenger side and began shooting. The person then got back in the car and drove off.

Saturday, Nov. 20

4:55 p.m. Carlton Sellman, a 19-year-old African-American man, was in the 700 block of Swann Avenue in Edmondson Village when he was shot in the stomach. He ran to the 600 block and then collapsed. Sellman died at a local hospital at 5:55 p.m. Two males were seen running from the intersection of Swann Avenue and Coleherne Road and jumping into a red car.

Sunday, Nov. 21

3:50 a.m. Sheron Jones, a 28-year-old African-American corrections officer, was found inside her home in the 1700 block of Aisquith Street shot in the head. She was dead. There were signs of a struggle inside. Police were called to Jones’ home the day before because she and her ex-boyfriend had gotten into a fight.


The man who was murdered on Sept. 13 in the 1700 block of Kane Street has been identified as Willie Johnson, a 30-year-old African-American man.

Eric Dozier, a 25-year-old African-American man, was the person shot and killed in the 1500 block of Roundhill Road on Nov. 9.

Gregory Barber, a 26-year-old African-American man, was convicted on Nov. 17 of the murder of Kermia Hair, a 25-year-old African-American woman. Hair was found on the floor of her home in Bolton Hill by her 7-year-old son and an 11-year-old cousin on Feb. 7, 2008. She was bleeding from her head. Hair had been stabbed nine times and hit in the head repeatedly with an object. According to the State’s Attorney’s office, Hair and her boyfriend, Barber, had fought recently about a woman with whom he had who fathered a child during his relationship with Hair. Barber was seen changing out of a shirt and shoes that had blood on them.

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