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Man formally charged in detective's death

A 25-year-old Southeast Baltimore man was charged Sunday with killing an off-duty Baltimore police detective, who died after being struck in the head with a piece of concrete during an argument over a parking spot in Canton.

Detective Brian Stevenson, an 18-year veteran and married father of three, had gone out to have dinner on the eve of his birthday when he and Sian James got into an altercation in a private parking lot in the 2800 block of Hudson St. at about 10 p.m. Saturday.

Police say James (seen at right in his booking photo) picked up a piece of concrete and hurled at Stevenson, striking him in the right temple and causing him to fall to the ground.

James was arrested after police located him later that night at Mosaic, a club in the Power Plant Live area of downtown. 

James, lived around the corner in the 2800 block of Dillon St., Court records show he was charged in July with attempted rape, third-degree sex offense, assault and false imprisonment. Initially held without bond, he was released in mid-September on $150,000 bond.

Details of that case were not immediately available, and his attorney, John Denholm, could not be reached for comment.

Records also show that in late July James was ordered to stay away from a woman who had filed her second protective order against him in a span of four months. Reached for comment, a man who answered the woman's phone said that they could not discuss James because of an "ongoing situation."

According to James' Facebook page, he attended Brownstone College in Jamaica and often posted comments about his faith. Here's how he describes himself on the page:

"i am 6 feet 180lbs athletic,fun , real,adventurous.have scense of humour and out going.people always get the wrong impression of me .then it turns arround that am a realy nice guy"

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