Published: April 20, 2011
Murders this Week: 4
Murders this Year: 54
Monday, April 11
12:08 a.m. Antonio Miranda, a 43-year-old Hispanic man, was walking past an alley behind the 3800 block of Hanover Street in Brooklyn when he encountered someone. That person stabbed Miranda in the neck and torso repeatedly. Miranda died at an area hospital at 12:47 a.m. Eric Monroe Phillips, a 22-year-old Caucasian man, was arrested for the murder two days later. Miranda is the first Hispanic person murdered in Baltimore City this year.
1:34 a.m. Isiah Callaway, a 19-year-old African-American man, was found in the driver’s seat of a car in the 1700 block of Crystal Avenue in East Baltimore. He had been shot in the head and was dead. He is the eighth person under 20 murdered this year.
Wednesday, April 13
8:51 p.m. Chantel Ford, a 23-year-old African-American woman, was shot numerous times in the head and body in the 4500 block of Westchester Road in Windsor Mills. She died at an area hospital at 9:37 p.m.
Saturday, April 16
3:39 a.m. A male was shot multiple times in the 500 block of North Decker Street. He died at an area hospital at 4:16 a.m. Police are waiting until his family has been notified of his death to release his name.
Anthony Williams, a 25-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to 30 years in prison on April 6 for the murder of Petro Taylor, a 20-year-old African-American man. Taylor’s body was found badly burned on Dec. 30, 2008, in the woods in Leakin Park. He had been badly beaten at the Red Carpet Inn in the 5800 block of Reisterstown Road and then dumped in the park, where he was stabbed numerous times and then set on fire while still alive. According to The Baltimore Sun, Taylor was a member of the Bloods gang and the torture and murder were committed by fellow gang members for a violation of gang rules. Williams submitted an Alford plea—not admitting to the crime but acknowledging that the prosecution would likely be successful—to first-degree murder on March 25. Several other people were arrested in connection with Taylor’s murder, many of them teenagers at the time Taylor was killed. Grechauna Rogers, an African-American woman who was 16 at the time of the crime, pleaded guilty on Aug. 25, 2010, to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 18 years in prison on April 8. Sierra Pyles, a 21-year-old African-American woman, and Tenisha Lawson, a 20-year-old African-American woman, both pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Aug. 4, 2010, and were sentenced to 18 years in prison on April 8. Devin Melton, a 19-year-old African-American man; Dominique Boone, a 19-year-old African-American man; and Lawrence Walker, a 21-year-old African-American man, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault on May 3, 2010, and were sentenced to three years in prison. Police also arrested Terrell Gray, a 23-year-old African-American man, for the crime, but there is no record that he was ever actually charged.
Troy Taylor, a 19-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to 35 years in prison on April 11. Taylor and Michael Hunter, a 20-year-old African-American man, allegedly entered a Chinese-food carryout at the corner of 29th Street and Greenmount Avenue on April 8, 2010. According to the State Attorney’s Office, both men were allegedly armed and tried to rob three customers at the carryout. During the robbery, Hunter allegedly shot and killed Charles Bowman Sr., a 72-year-old African-American man. Bowman was a night security guard at the Afro American newspaper and routinely stopped at the carryout for dinner on his way to work. Bowman was also a Vietnam veteran and church deacon. Taylor pleaded guilty to murder and conspiracy to commit armed robbery charges. Hunter has not yet been tried.
Sian James, a 26-year-old African-American man, was convicted on April 11 of murdering Baltimore Police Detective Brian Stevenson, a 37-year-old African-American man. Stevenson was out on Oct. 16, 2010, celebrating his upcoming birthday. James and Stevenson got into an argument over a parking space in the 2800 block of Hudson Street in Canton. During the argument, James threw a hunk of concrete at Stevenson, striking him in the head. According to the Sun, the blow fractured Stevenson’s skull, but James and his friends left Stevenson where he lay and went to a club. James testified that he hit Stevenson because the off-duty officer threatened to shoot him. James was charged with first-degree murder and other lesser offenses but was convicted of manslaughter, for which the maximum sentence is 10 years in prison.
Syron Abdullah, a 20-year-old African-American man, was arrested on April 14 for the murder of Jhoma Blackwell, an 18-year-old African-American woman. Blackwell was stabbed repeatedly in the head, body, and limbs in her home in the 2600 block of Huntingdon Avenue in Remington on March 29.
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