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Murder Ink

Murders this Week: 5
Murders this Year: 129

Monday, Aug. 2

1:45 p.m. A woman was at home in the 1800 block of McHenry Street in Carrollton Ridge. There was a knock at the door. When she answered, Theodore Corwin, a 30-year-old man whose race has not been listed by police, pushed his way into the house. The woman knew Corwin. Walter Kelly Jr., a 60-year-old Caucasian man, then allegedly entered the house and assaulted Corwin, who ended up lying on the kitchen floor in a pool of blood as a result of the beating. Kelly was arrested on Aug. 5 and charged with assault and attempted murder. Corwin died at 3:45 p.m. on Aug. 7.

Friday, Aug. 6

10:22 p.m. Jarrod Covel, a 20-year-old African-American man, was seen lying on the ground with his hands in the air in the 2800 block of Clifton Park Terrace. A man with a shotgun shot Covel once in the torso and fled. Covel died at an area hospital at 11:01 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 7

12:30 a.m. Martin York Jr., a 55-year-old African-American man, was found leaning against a car in the unit block of Shipley Street. He had been shot in the back of the head and died at a local hospital less than an hour later. Two other people have been murdered this year within a block radius of where York was shot.

5:30 a.m. Christopher Miller, a 24-year-old African-American man, was with a large group of people at a birthday party. It broke up at 4 a.m., and he walked toward his apartment. When he entered his block—the 700 block of Lennox Street in Reservoir Hill—someone came up to him and stabbed him repeatedly. Miller managed to get to his apartment before he collapsed. He was found by a neighbor and died at an area hospital at 6:10 a.m.

Sunday, Aug. 8

2:55 p.m. An as yet unidentified man was shot numerous times throughout his body in the middle of the afternoon. The shooting occurred at the intersection of Cliftview and Germania avenues near the Achievement Academy @ Harbor City High. He died at a local hospital at 3:30 p.m.

Updates:

Three homicide victims from July have been identified. The man shot to death in a parking lot in the 6900 block of McClean Boulevard on July 23 was Jamison Ford, a 30-year-old African-American man. John Hall, a 30-year-old African-American man, was shot in the head in a car in the 1500 block of Lanhorne Court on July 25. And Jermaine Parker, a 24-year-old African-American man, was shot in the head and neck in a parking lot in the 5100 block of Williston Street on July 27—the day before his birthday.

Michael Ballinger, a 21-year-old African-American man, was arrested on Aug. 4 for the murder of Dionndra Dugger, a 20-year-old African-American woman. Ballinger was the best friend of Dugger’s boyfriend. They were hanging out in Dugger’s home on Aug. 1. Ballinger was allegedly playing with a gun. He allegedly pointed it at Dugger, she told him to stop and swatted it away. The gun went off and ricocheted off a wall into Dugger’s throat, killing her. Ballinger then fled the scene.

On Aug. 3, Trevor Gibson, aka Trever Gipson, a 36-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Gibson stabbed William Hightower, a 48-year-old African-American man, to death in the 3000 block of Woodhome Avenue on Nov. 8, 2008. Hightower was headed to his girlfriend’s house when he was killed.

A Grand Jury indicted two adults on Aug. 5 for the murder of a 14-year-old boy. On Jan. 25, 2009, Jason Brooks, a 20-year-old African-American man, and Lawrence Scott, a 28-year-old African-American man, and another male were with Juan Johnson, an African-American male, in the 4400 block of Pall Mall Road. According to the State’s Attorney’s Office, Johnson and the unnamed male started to fight. Johnson tried to run away, but Brooks and Scott allegedly pulled out guns and started shooting at the teen. Johnson was shot in the back of the head as he tried to flee. Brooks has been charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Scott has been charged with gun possession and being an accessory after the fact.

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