Murders this Week: 4; Murders this Year: 47
Published: April 11, 2012
The April 1 murder of Marcus Williams occurred in the 1000 block of East 22nd Street, not 27th Street as previously reported. City Paper regrets the error.
In last week’s column, Murder Ink recorded a homicide tally of 43 while the Baltimore Police count was 44. At press time for last week’s issue, the discrepancy was unexplained. The missing homicide was that of Javell Heath, a 19-year-old African-American man. Heath was discovered shot outside the Yorkewood apartment complex in the 1100 block of East Belvedere Avenue near Chinquapin Park on March 27 at 2:01 p.m. He was taken to a city hospital where he died two days later. His death was added to the homicide rolls on April 1.
The death of Dion Brandon was added to the homicide rolls this week. Police were called to a shooting in the 900 block of Belgian Avenue in Pen Lucy on March 9, 2005. When they arrived, they found a 23-year-old African-American woman shot in the left shoulder and Brandon, an African-American man who was 23 at the time, shot in the neck. A 27-year-old African-American man suffered a graze wound to the shoulder. Brandon and the man had driven to Belgian Avenue that day to visit a friend. They bumped into the woman and all three got into Brandon’s car. Some people came up to the car and fired into it repeatedly, hitting Brandon and his two companions. Brandon tried to drive away but crashed into a car. All three were taken to area hospitals. The 27-year-old was treated and released. The 23-year-old also survived her injury. Brandon died on March 7, 2012, and on April 2 his death was ruled a result of complications from the shooting seven years earlier. According to police, the case has been closed by arrest. The Baltimore Sun reports that Richard McCardell, an African-American man who was 22 at the time of the incident, was charged with attempted murder and related charges for the incident but the charges were dropped on April 5, 2006.
The death of Brandon Washington, a 26-year-old African-American man, was removed from the homicide rolls. Washington was shot in the chest during a double shooting in the 1600 block of North Bond Street on Feb. 17 that also left Darries Sommerville, a then 17-year-old African-American male, injured. Washington’s death was ruled justified according to police. The Baltimore Sun reports that Sommerville got into an argument with a woman the day before in a residence in the block. As he was leaving, Sommerville broke a window. A child was near the window, and Jason Ingram, a 28-year-old African-American man, confronted Sommerville about almost injuring the child. The two fought, and Sommerville allegedly threatened to kill Ingram. Sommerville called the house on the 17th and threatened to shoot everyone inside it. The people in the home called Ingram, who returned with Preston Feaster, a 22-year-old African-American man. Ingram and Feaster barricaded themselves in the house, and Sommerville and Washington allegedly came to the house and began firing at them. Ingram and Feaster allegedly fired back, killing Washington and injuring Sommerville. The State’s Attorney’s Office has ruled the shootings self-defense. Ingram and Feaster are, however, being charged with possessing illegal firearms. Sommerville and Devin Ocain, a 20-year-old African-American man, have been charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and other charges.
Saturday, April 7
3:15 p.m. After five days without a homicide, Jermaine Shuron, a 37-year-old African-American man, was shot in the head in the 1700 block of North Calhoun Street in Sandtown-Winchester. He died at an area hospital less than an hour later.
Sunday, April 8
6:04 p.m. On Easter Sunday, Robert Laney Jr., a 33-year-old African-American man, was standing in the 1400 block of Fillmore Street in Coldstream Homestead Montebello when someone shot him repeatedly. Laney died at a local hospital at 6:40 p.m.
10:48 p.m. Later that night, an adult male was found shot numerous times in the body in a car in the 1400 block of Holbrook Street in Oliver, around the corner from where Sherard Houston was murdered a month earlier. The man died at a city hospital at 11:24 p.m. Police are waiting for his family to be notified of his death before releasing his name.
Antwain Eccles, a 31-year-old African-American man, was arrested on March 28 for the murder of Kyndal Staten, a 27-year-old African-American man. Eccles allegedly shot and killed Staten on Feb. 12 in 5900 block of Laclede Road when they got into an argument after a party.
On March 30, Lavar Williams, a 29-year-old African-American man, pleaded guilty to murdering Anthony Netzel, a 56-year-old Caucasian man. Williams cut Netzel with a box cutter and stomped on his head at Joe’s Bar at 1 S. Highland Ave. on Christmas Eve 2007. Netzel was left in a vegetative state and died two years later. Lavar was sentenced to 50 years in prison.
Dante Parrish, a 37-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to two terms of life in prison, one without the possibility of parole, on April 3 for the sexual assault and murder of Jason Mattison Jr., a 15-year-old African-American male. Mattison was staying with his great-aunt after being kicked out of his home for being gay. Parrish was also staying in the home. While Mattison’s great-aunt was passed out from heroin use on Nov. 10, 2009, Parrish sexually assaulted Mattison, slit his throat, and stuffed him in a closet.
William Carr, a 50-year-old African-American man, was convicted on April 6 of robbing and murdering Chong Wan Yim, a 55-year-old Korean man. Yim was making a delivery to a liquor store at a shopping center in the 3900 block of Erdman Avenue in the middle of the afternoon on June 28, 2011, when Carr robbed him and shot him in the chest.
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