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Murder Ink

Murders this Week: 6; Murders this Year: 91

The man shot in the head in an apartment in the 600 block of North Carey Street on May 22 has been identified as Sylvester Rodgers, a 58-year-old African-American man.

The cause of death for Olivia Palmer, the six-month-old African-American female who died on May 27, has been released. Palmer was beaten to death. She had serious hemorrhaging to her brain as well as signs of an old injury to her right rib and burns to her face and neck. The case is still open.

The April 25 death of Michael Williams, a 45-year-old African-American man, was removed from the homicide rolls. His death was ruled justified on May 23.

The death of Amber Brown, a 24-year-old Caucasian woman, was added to the city’s homicide tally this week. Police were called to Good Samaritan Hospital on April 18 at 10:15 p.m. Brown had been brought to the hospital that day and died. Brown had been at her home in the 3100 block of Hamilton Avenue with another woman. The women drank and used heroin. The Medical Examiner’s office determined that Brown died from ethanol and heroin intoxication. In other words, she overdosed. However, it was also determined that the overdose was not accidental and as a result was ruled a homicide.

This week, the city also saw its fourth fatal police-involved shooting of the year (its second in 13 days). Police were called to a robbery in progress in the 400 block of South Chester Street in Upper Fells Point at 1:10 p.m. on June 1. When they arrived they encountered Stuart Fitzgerald, a 44-year-old Caucasian man who police allege was participating in the robbery. During the encounter, Fitzgerald was shot. He died at a local hospital at 1:49 p.m. Police said that Fitzgerald did not have a gun at the time of the shooting but could not say if he was armed with some other type of weapon. The name of the officer who shot Fitzgerald had not been released at press time.

Monday, May 28

10:04 p.m. Ettice Jones, a 47-year-old African-American woman, got into an argument with someone she knew in her home in the 1200 block of Woodbourne Avenue in New Northwood. During the altercation, she was stabbed. She died at a city hospital later that night.

Tuesday, May 29

12:39 p.m. Quintin Butler, a 30-year-old African-American man, was shot in the head in the 1100 block of Myrtle Avenue in Upton in the middle of the day. He died at an area hospital at 2:49 p.m. This is the fifth murder in Upton this year.

Thursday, May 31

9:09 p.m. Calvin Matthews, a 25-year-old African-American man, was found lying in the middle of the street in the 3000 block of East Preston Street. He had been stabbed in the chest and died died at an area hospital less than an hour later.

Saturday, June 2

2:14 a.m. Desean Brown, an 18-year-old African-American man whom police described as being dressed in women’s clothing, went to a gas station in the 1400 block of East Fayette Street with several other people. While Brown was pumping the gas, a man came up and started talking to a juvenile female in the party. The girl’s mother intervened and told the man he was too old for the girl. He continued trying to talk to the girl and the mother and the man started arguing. Brown told the girl and her mother to stop arguing with the man and get back in the car. The man then pulled out a gun and shot Brown in the head. Brown died at a city hospital at 3:28 a.m.

11:04 p.m. That night police were called to the 1200 block of East Lafayette Avenue for a stabbing with two victims. When they arrived, they found Antonio Donte Mattison, a 42-year-old African-American man, lying on the ground stabbed in the torso and leg. He was covered in blood. A second man, who was also covered in blood and had been cut in the knee, was straddling Mattison. A woman, who was also covered in blood but had not been stabbed, was also on the scene. Mattison died at an area hospital at 11:44 p.m. The other man’s injury was not life-threatening. During their investigation, police learned that the two men lived together in the block and that the woman was the sister of the man who was not seriously injured. Mattison and the woman had gotten into an argument earlier that day that led to a fight between the three of them during which Mattison was fatally stabbed. As of press time, police were unable to say if the brother and sister had been arrested and would not release their names. This is the 10th fatal stabbing this year, three of which occurred this week.

Sunday, June 3

3:22 a.m. Edmond Dabney, a 64-year-old African-American man, and a woman were walking up Pimlico Road. As they entered the 4600 block, a man came up to them and asked if they had any money. Dabney said no and he and the woman began arguing with the man. The man pulled out a gun and fired once in the air and then shot Dabney in the forehead. Dabney died at a local hospital at 6:02 a.m.

Update:

Larry Joseph, a 23-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to two life terms in prison plus 40 years on May 24 for a double homicide. On Sept. 16, 2007, Channing Myrick, a 26-year-old African-American man; Deion Morris, a 23-year-old African-American man; and a third man left a dollar store in the 3400 block of Belair Road. As they exited the store, Joseph started shooting at them. Myrick was shot five times. Morris collapsed after being shot once and Joseph stood over the falen man and shot him nine additional times. Both Myrick and Morris died. The third man was able to get away. Joseph was initially convicted on Aug. 4, 2008 but, according to the State’s Attorney’s Office, the conviction was reversed in 2010 due to a “court error regarding the defendant’s right to counsel.” Joseph was retried and found guilty again on May 17, 2012.

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