Two recent city deaths classified as homicides

A man who died of a seizure as a result of a 1999 shooting and a man found dead in a vacant home in August were added to the city's homicide count, while three men have been charged in previous city killings, according to police and court records.

Police said Earl Brown, 36, was being transported in a vehicle on Oct. 7 when he suffered a seizure and later died. Brown had been shot in the head on Sept. 23, 1999, in the 2200 block of Callow Ave. in Reservoir Hill, and developed a seizure disorder. The medical examiner ruled that his death was the result of complications from the shooting, police said.

Of the 167 people listed as homicide victims in 2011, five died as a result of injuries suffered in previous years.

Detectives are also investigating the death of Willie Nelson, 52, who was found dead Aug. 16 inside a vacant home in the 2800 block of W. Mulberry St. in the Penrose community. Police said an autopsy revealed he was killed by blunt-force trauma, and his death was ruled a homicide.

Court records also show detectives have recently made arrests in two killings.

Suliman Abdul-Wahid, 31, has been charged with first-degree murder in the Nov. 4, 2010, killing of 21-year-old Jerry Harden, who was found stabbed to death inside a burning home in the 7000 block of McLean Blvd. The fire occurred in the Dutch Village Apartments, and police say it was set to cover up the killing.

Police developed Abdul-Wahid as a suspect and brought him in for questioning on Nov. 9, records show, but he denied any involvement in the killing. However, police say his DNA was matched to the crime scene and to the victim's remains. Records show Abdul-Wahid was homeless at the time of his arrest but had once lived in the Dutch Village Apartments.

Davon Johnson, 22, of the 500 block of N. Potomac St. and Travis Bell of the 4000 block of Century Road have been charged in the fatal shooting of 26-year-old Wendell Woodard on Jan. 10 in the 3000 block of Harford Road.

Woodard was found unresponsive on the second floor of a home suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. No motive was given; police say witnesses identified Johnson and Bell as "being responsible" for the killing. Johnson was arrested Oct. 8, while Bell was picked up Wednesday, court records show.

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