Published: August 10, 2011
Murders this Week: 2
Murders this Year: 129
Dwayne Hawkins, a 25-year-old African-American man, died on June 16, 2008, at 1:10 p.m., not last week as previously reported. Despite dying just three days after he was found with burns to 65 percent of his body, Hawkins was not added to the homicide rolls until July 21 of this year. City Paper regrets the error.
The three people found shot in the head at the scene of a fire on July 26 have been identified. They were Billy Ray Lovitt, a 58-year-old African-American man; Michael Jones, a 27-year-old African-American man; and Tanyika Gibbs, a 36-year-old African-American woman.
Monday, Aug. 1
11:18 p.m. Sean Eames, a 24-year-old African-American man, was shot repeatedly in the 1600 block of Darley Avenue near Clifton Park. He died at an area hospital two hours later. A warrant has been issued for Ottus Savoy, an 18-year-old African-American man, but no arrest has been made.
Wednesday, Aug. 3
4:29 p.m. Irene Logan, a 91-year-old African-American woman, was found bleeding inside her home in the 4700 block of Moravia Road. She had been stabbed in the neck and died a short time later at an area hospital. According to The Baltimore Sun, Logan was found by her daughter, who lived with her. The house had been ransacked but “costume jewelry” was the only thing stolen.
On July 21, Jermaine Johnson, 30-year-old African-American man, was convicted of murdering Gary Martin, an 18-year-old African-American man, and Darvin Jones, a 19-year-old African-American man. Johnson and an unidentified person went up to a group of people on July 26, 2009, in the 200 block of North Conkling Street. They fired at least 17 shots at the group, killing Martin and Jones.
Siam James, a 26-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on July 27 for the murder of Baltimore City Police Detective Brian Stevenson, a 37-year-old African-American man. Stevenson was out celebrating his upcoming birthday in Canton on Oct. 16, 2010, when he got into an argument with James over a parking space. James hit Stevenson in the head with a chunk of concrete, killing him.
Daryl Cloude, a 42-year-old African-American man, was arrested on Aug. 1 for the murder of Patsy Person, a 43-year-old African-American woman. Person was beaten to death in a home in the 200 block of North Belnord Street on July 10.
On Aug. 4, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein announced that “there is insufficient evidence to warrant criminal prosecution of any of the officers who discharged their weapons” in the Jan. 9 shooting that left two people dead. Police were called to the Select Lounge at 1:15 a.m. on Jan. 9 to deal with a disturbance in the crowd inside the club. Officer William Torbit, a 33-year-old African-American man, responded to the call. He was in plainclothes but had a badge displayed around his neck. In the club parking lot, a woman claimed that a car had brushed against her. She got into an argument with the driver and hit the car with her shoe. A crowd gathered around the incident. Torbit instructed the driver to leave. The woman became upset that the driver was being permitted to go. Sean Gamble, a 22-year-old African-American man, approached Torbit and the two began arguing. The argument turned physical and multiple members of the crowd joined in, punching and kicking Torbit as he was on the ground fighting with Gamble. Torbit drew his gun and fired eight times, striking Gamble once. The crowd scattered. Police officers Latora Craig, Harry Dodge, Harry Pawley, and Toyia Williams had also responded to the scene. Pawley saw Torbit’s gun and shot Torbit. The other three, who according to the State Attorney’s Office believed Pawley was firing on a dangerous civilian, shot Torbit as well. Torbit died as a result of being shot by all four officers. Gamble died as a result of being shot by Torbit. Three civilians were hit by bullets that ricocheted. The investigation found that the use of deadly force by both Torbit and the officers that killed him was reasonable given the circumstances. Neither death is being included in the BPD’s official homicide tally.
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