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Murder Ink

Murders this Week: 3; Murders this Year: 65

The murder of Phylicia Barnes, a 16-year-old African-American female, has been removed from the 2012 homicide tally and placed on the 2011 rolls. The official number of homicides for 2011 is now 197. Barnes was murdered in 2010 but her body was not discovered until 2011. While her death was ruled a homicide in May 2011 it was not added to any homicide count until April of this year when Michael Johnson, a 28-year-old African-American man, was indicted for her murder.

Two murders have also been added to the 2009 homicide total, making that year’s number 240 instead of 238. One was the murder of Mia Nichols, a 37-year-old African-American woman. Nichols’ skeleton was found in Baltimore County on Sept. 26, 2009. She had been shot twice in the head. It was later determined that Nichols was actually murdered in her apartment in the 3900 block of West Forest Park Avenue in Baltimore City on Oct. 31, 2008. Her boyfriend, Tyrone Webb Jr., a 31-year-old African-American man, this year was convicted of her murder and sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years.

The second homicide added to the 2009 numbers is that of Andrew Giancoli, a 48-year-old Caucasian man from Pasadena. Giancoli was discovered stabbed to death in a car at the intersection of East Ordinance and Stahl Point roads in Anne Arundel County on Aug. 27, 2009. Anne Arundel County police investigated the murder for one year and four months before determining Giancoli had actually been killed in the 1600 block of Hazel Street in Curtis Bay in Baltimore City. The case was reassigned to Baltimore City on Dec. 20, 2010.

The man shot in the head in the 2700 block of Boarman Avenue on April 23 has been identified as Willie Battle, a 19-year-old African-American man.

Thursday, May 3

6:25 p.m. The son of Cheryl Thomas, a 44-year-old African-American woman, found his mother bound to her bed in the 400 block of Cummings Court with bruises on her face. She had been asphyxiated and was dead. Edward Ford, a 36-year-old African-American man who lived at the same address as Thomas, was arrested the next day and charged with her murder. This is the third murder in the McCulloh Homes public housing complex near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in as many months.

Friday, May 4

7 a.m. A woman walking her dog in the 4000 block of Alto Road found Quinton Poindexter, an 18-year-old African-American man, lying facedown on the sidewalk near the playground of Windsor Hill Elementary/Middle school. He had been shot several times and was dead.

Sunday, May 6

3:10 p.m. An as yet unidentified male was discovered dead inside a vacant house in the 3000 block of Oakley Avenue in Central Park Heights. There was blood around the man’s head and police believe he may have been shot. Neighbors reported hearing what may have been gunshots around 10 a.m. that day.

Updates:

Ronald Johnson, a 20-year-old African-American man, pleaded guilty on April 30 to murdering Sgt. Chase Love, a 26-year-old African-American man and U.S. Marine who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan and one in Iraq. Love was visiting another Marine in Baltimore before being redeployed to Afghanistan. They went to the Hookah Lounge in the 200 block of East Baltimore Street near City Hall on July 2, 2010. There, Love got into an argument with Johnson and shoved him. Johnson then pulled out a gun and shot Love at least five times. Johnson was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

According to an article by Justin Fenton and Peter Hermann in the The Baltimore Sun, on May 1 a 12-year-old and a 13-year-old admitted their involvement in the fatal shooting of Monae Turnage, a 13-year-old African-American girl. Turnage was found dead under a bunch of trash bags in the 1600 block of Darley Avenue on March 4 at 5:49 p.m. She had been shot in the chest. Turnage left her home the evening before to go roller skating with some friends. When she didn't return home, her family reported her missing and went out to look for her. Her body was found by her 16-year-old brother, according to the Sun. The 13-year-old pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and the 12-year-old to being an accessory. The 13-year-old accidentally shot Turnage with a gun found in his home, where the three children had been hanging out instead of going roller skating. He and the 12-year-old removed Turnage from the house and hid her beneath some trash in an alley. She was still alive at the time.

On May 4, Antonio Moore, a 34-year-old African-American man, was convicted of murdering Avon Beasley, a 25-year-old African-American man. Moore and Beasley argued on June 12, 2010 in the 200 block of North Rose Street. Moore left and came back about 20 minutes later with a gun. He shot at Beasley, chasing him into a backyard in the 200 block of North Luzerne Street, where Beasley collapsed from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Also on May 4, Anthony Robinson, a 46-year-old African-American man, pleaded guilty to murdering Irene Logan, a 91-year-old African-American woman. Logan was stabbed, beaten, and strangled in her home in the 4700 block of Moravia Road on Aug. 3, 2011. Robinson killed Logan after she discovered him robbing her house. Robinson's DNA was found under Logan's fingernails and on a cigarette butt by her front door. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

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