Published: June 22, 2011
Murders this Week: 4
Murders this Year: 95
The two men murdered on June 12 have been identified. Roy Murray, a 29-year-old African-American, was shot in the 2600 block of Park Heights Terrace. Gary Gibson, a 23-year-old African-American, was shot in front of a store in the 2900 block of Westwood Avenue.
Tuesday, June 14
1 p.m. Henry Mills, a 40-year-old African-American man, was found lying on the pavement in the 2400 block of Greenmount Avenue, bleeding. Mills had been shot at least once in the head and died at an area hospital less than an hour later. This is the fifth murder in East Baltimore Midway this year, making it the most murderous neighborhood in the city.
4:48 p.m. Later that afternoon, Angelo Winston, a 26-year-old African-American man, left his home in the 700 block of Cator Avenue in Pen Lucy. He walked a short distance to the 600 block of Dumbarton Avenue, where a male got out of a car and started shooting at Winston. Winston was hit numerous times in the head, torso, and limbs. He died before he could be taken to a hospital.
Thursday, June 16
1:20 p.m. A police officer was in Southwest Baltimore when he heard gunshots and was called to the 500 block of Denison Street just off Route 40. When the officer arrived, he saw a 36-year-old African-American man sitting on a curb shot in the left arm and chest. A 32-year-old African-American man was sitting on some steps shot in the right leg. The two men directed the officer to an alley. There, he found Charles Lassane, a 32-year-old African-American man, shot in the chest. A 39-year-old African-American man was sitting on another set of steps in the block, shot in both legs and the stomach. Inside that location, police found a 72-year-old African-American man shot in the leg. A sixth victim was found a short time later about a block away; the 27-year-old African-American man was shot in the foot. Lassane was taken to an area hospital, where he died at 2:10 p.m. Everyone else survived. The group of men had been talking on the front porch of a home in the block when one or more people came up and shot them. This is the third fatal shooting that occurred in the middle of the day this week. Nearly half of this year’s homicides have an official time between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Friday, June 17
12:50 a.m. A 39-year-old African-American man was discovered lying facedown in an alley in the 700 block of Ashburton Street. He had been shot in the torso and head and was dead. Police are waiting until they notify the man’s family about his death to release his name.
Kenneth Brunetti, a 40-year-old African-American man, was arrested on June 16 for the murder of Lois Smythe, a 40-year-old Caucasian woman. Smythe was found beaten to death in a wooded area off the Gwynns Fall Trail on May 29.
On June 17, the Maryland Court of Appeals overturned the murder convictions of Policarpio Espinoza Perez, a 29-year-old Hispanic man, and Adan Espinoza Canela, a 24-year-old Hispanic man. The men were tried twice for the murders of Lucero Espinoza, an 8-year-old Hispanic girl; Ricardo Espinoza Jr., a 9-year-old Hispanic boy; and Alexis Quezada, a 10-year-old Hispanic boy. The three children's throats were cut on May 27, 2004. Perez was the uncle of two of the children, and Canela was their cousin. The first trial ended in a hung jury. The men were convicted in the second trial and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The Court of Appeals overturned the conviction because the judge in the second trial did not disclose several jurors' notes to the attorneys. Perez and Canela can be tried a third time for the murders.
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