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Murder Ink

Murders this Week: 2
Murders this Year: 159

There was another fatal police-involved shooting this week, the second in six days and the fourth this year. Police were called to the 1800 block of Hope Street in Oliver on Oct. 8 at 1:40 a.m. for a domestic-violence complaint. A 54-year-old African-American man had allegedly shot his wife, an African-American woman in her early 50s, in the shoulder. When police arrived they were confronted by the man, who allegedly had a gun, and he and police allegedly exchanged gunfire. The man was shot several times in the lower body and mouth and died at a local hospital that day. Police have not yet released the man’s name. Initially, police were unable to determine if the man died from being shot by the police or from shooting himself. The autopsy revealed that he had been fatally shot by police. His wife was taken to an area hospital in critical but stable condition. This fatality has not been added to the Baltimore Police Department’s homicide rolls.

The man shot to death by police last week in the 3600 block of St. Victor Street has been identified as Steven Mach, a 52-year-old Caucasian man.

As of Monday, Oct. 10, there were 11 fewer homicides this year than at the same time last year.

Monday, Oct. 3

12:25 a.m. A patrol officer saw Anton Ingram, a 32-year-old African-American man, lying in the 500 block of McMechen Street near the Shake and Bake Family Fun Center in Upton. He had been shot numerous times and died at an area hospital at 3:18 a.m. This is the 11th murder in the Central police district this year. There were 12 homicides in the Central district in all of 2010.

1:48 p.m. That afternoon, Maricus Perkins, a 20-year-old African-American man, was shot repeatedly in the hip and side in the 900 block of Herndon Court. He died at an area hospital at 2:26 p.m. This is the fifth murder in Brooklyn this year.

Updates

On Oct. 5, Michael Wiggins, a 28-year-old African-American man, was found guilty of murdering Darius Ray, a 20-year-old African-American Marine stationed in Washington, D.C. Vernon Hadley, also known as Vernon Beverly, a 23-year-old African-American man, and Nicholas Woodward, a 29-year-old African-American man, were also convicted for their parts in the incident. Hadley pleaded guilty to first-degree assault on Sept. 26 and was sentenced to two years in prison. Woodward pleaded guilty on May 26 to second-degree assault but has not yet been sentenced. Ray was at a party on Jan. 23, 2010, in the 6900 block of McClean Boulevard. Wiggins, Vernon, and Woodward came to the party uninvited. They were asked to leave but refused to go, fighting with the people trying to eject them. Wiggins, Vernon, and Woodward were eventually pushed out of the apartment, but they came back, and Wiggins stabbed Ray in the chest, killing him. Another person was stabbed but survived.

According to The Daily Record, the conviction of Jamar Anderson, a 22-year-old African-American man, was overturned on Oct. 6. Anderson was found guilty on Oct. 14, 2009, of murdering John Person, a 17-year-old African-American male. Person was shot on Aug. 7, 2008, while standing in the parking lot of an apartment complex. He died 10 days later. According to the State’s Attorney’s Office, Person wasn’t the intended victim of the shooting but was hit when Anderson allegedly tried to shoot a woman whose house he tried to rob the day before. Anderson was arrested a month later when the Regional Warrant Apprehension Task Force found him hiding in his girlfriend’s closet. The court’s opinion is not yet available, but The Daily Record reports that the Court of Special Appeals ruled that the defendant’s right to a fair trial had been violated because the trial judge “asked prospective jurors if they could convict someone without scientific evidence.” The court ruled that this question implied that Anderson was guilty.

 

 

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