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Police ID man who died in Wednesday quintuple shooting

City police identified a man who was killed in a Wednesday shooting that injured four other people, and said one of the surviving victims and a man who were seen running from the scene have been charged.

The fatal victim was identified as Darell Alston Jr., 26, who was also identified on social media as a local rapper known as "Nazty."

Police said Andrew Parmele and Shilo Thomas have been charged after being spotted running from the scene of a vehicle accident in the area of the shooting. Parmele suffered a gunshot wound to his arm. They are charged with handgun violations after guns were found in the vehicle they were running from, police said.

Thomas is also a rapper, known as "Shymoney." Both Alston and Thomas had gained attention in recent months for producing "diss tracks" attacking other rappers, who filmed response videos. Nazty's video had more than 90,000 views on YouTube, while one posted by Shymoney has more than 430,000 views.

Police have declined to discuss the case or identify...

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Former WYPR editor, Sun reporter acquitted of assaulting son

A Harford County jury has acquitted a former WYPR managing editor of charges that he stabbed his adult son in 2013.

Sunni Khalid, 56, was found not guilty this week of first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, according to court records.

County prosecutors had accused Khalid of stabbing son Hassan Khalid with a Swiss Army knife during a verbal altercation that escalated on Halloween night in 2013 in Joppa. His lawyers, Ty Kelly and Clarke Ahlers, contended that the state did not prove the charges and that Khalid acted in self-defense.

"What stood out to me in this case was the lack of evidence and the fact that the state was proceeding with that lack of evidence," Kelly said.

Khalid, who served as Harford County bureau chief for The Baltimore Sun in the late 1980s and early 1990s, said he is relieved to be vindicated.

"I had the truth on my side," Khalid said in a phone interview Friday. "I'm happy this is over."

Assistant State's Attorney David Ryden said it was difficult...

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Father of murdered child takes stand, unwillingly, against accused killers

Rashaw Scott, whose 16-month-old son was fatally shot two years ago in Cherry Hill, took the witness stand Friday in the trial of the five men accused in the killing.

But Scott — who also was shot and survived the attack — was not in the courtroom willingly to seek justice for his son Carter. After refusing to come to court, a judge issued a bench warrant to bring him in. He sat in a yellow jumpsuit after a night in jail, his hands cuffed to a belt.

On the stand, Scott dialed back his previous account of the shooting, saying he remembered little and had been coached by police on what to say.

"I don't remember," Scott said to Assistant State's Attorney Tonya LaPolla when asked about a photo lineup with his signature on it. "That could be anybody's. It could be yours. I'm not an analyst."

It was not clear why Scott was reluctant to testify, though it highlights a continuing challenge authorities face in getting witnesses, and even victims, to come to court.

Scott complained of police coming...

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How grand jury charges against officers in Freddie Gray case compare to the original charges

A Baltimore grand jury returned indictments against six Baltimore officers charged earlier this month in the April death of Freddie Gray, the city state's attorney's office announced Thursday.

Gray died a week after suffering a spinal cord injury while in police custody.

The following are the charges brought by the grand jury. In some cases, they are different compared to the charges originally sought by the office of State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby, as noted. Also show are the maximum sentences the charges carry.

Caesar R. Goodson Jr.

Second-degree depraved heart murder (up to 30 years), manslaughter (up to 10 years), second-degree assault (up to 10 years), vehicular manslaughter-gross negligence (up to 10 years), vehicular manslaughter-criminal negligence (up to three years), and misconduct in office (no term listed)

Added charge: reckless endangerment (up to five years)


William G. Porter

Manslaughter (up to 10 years), second-degree assault (up to 10 years), and misconduct in office...

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Suspect in killings of wealthy DC family arrested

WASHINGTON (AP) — Authorities in the nation's capital say more than one person is responsible for the slayings of four people inside a Washington mansion last week.

A fugitive task force arrested Daron Dylon Wint, 34, on Thursday night, and took five people who were with him into custody.

Wint is the only person currently charged with the murder of Savvas Savopoulos; his wife Amy; their 10-year-old son, Philip; and their housekeeper, Veralicia Figueroa.

But a court document suggests investigators aren't done making arrests. It says "the crimes described in this affidavit required the presence and assistance of more than one person."

Investigators tracked Wint to New York City, where they barely missed him Wednesday night, Robert Fernandez, commander of the U.S. Marshal Service's Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, told multiple news outlets.

Wint was tracked to the Howard Johnson Express Inn in College Park, on Thursday, and when officers approached, they discovered Wint in a Chevrolet...

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Six Baltimore Police officers indicted in death of Freddie Gray

A Baltimore grand jury returned indictments against the six officers charged earlier this month in the in-custody death of Freddie Gray, State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced Thursday.

Prosecutors presented evidence to the grand jury over the course of two weeks, Mosby said. Reckless endangerment charges were added against all six officers, while false imprisonment charges against three were removed. The remaining charges are largely the same ones her office filed May 1, following an independent investigation.

"As our investigation continued, additional information has been discovered, and as is often the case during an ongoing investigation, charges can and should be revised based upon the evidence," Mosby said at a news conference.

The case now moves to Baltimore Circuit Court, where the officers will be arraigned July 2. All remain free on bail.

Gray, 25, was arrested April 12 after running from officers patrolling the Gilmor Homes area of West Baltimore. His death seven days...

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