Sun coverage: Ex-city councilman killed

Coverage of the fatal shooting of former Baltimore City councilman Kenneth N. Harris Sr., 45, outside the New Haven Lounge during an apparent robbery.

Woman with Harris on night he died was 'terrified' of gunman

7:54 PM EDT, September 13, 2010

Woman with Harris on night he died was 'terrified' of gunman

The woman who was with Kenneth N. Harris the night he was killed said in court Monday that she was "terrified" when a man in a white Halloween mask walked up to the car they were sitting in and fired a shot at the former Baltimore city councilman, showering them both with glass.

Judge decides DNA evidence to be admitted in Harris murder trial

9:48 PM EDT, August 30, 2010

Judge decides DNA evidence to be admitted in Harris murder trial

The trial against three men accused of murdering former Baltimore City Councilman Kenneth N. Harris will go forward with DNA and photographic evidence that defense attorneys tried vigorously to quash, a judge ruled Monday.

January 21, 2009

No bail for teenager in Harris killing

The 16-year-old boy sat quietly in the Central Booking courtroom yesterday, surrounded by young adults and middle-aged men, his standard-issue gray sweat shirt and khaki pants covered in writing, the kind of doodles someone his age might scrawl on a notebook in a classroom.

April 20, 2009

Key evidence in Harris killing might be excluded

DNA evidence that gave Baltimore police a key break in the investigation of the killing of former City Councilman Kenneth N. Harris Sr. was obtained under questionable circumstances and might never be heard at the trial, according to court documents and attorneys.

January 12, 2010

Trial of three in Harris murder is postponed

The murder trial of three men accused of killing former City Councilman Kenneth N. Harris was postponed Monday because one defense attorney is in trial with another client and a second lawyer needs more time to investigate the case. The state also needs time to respond to a defense motion, filed by Jason Silverstein on Christmas Eve, seeking to throw out certain DNA evidence as illegally obtained. The new trial date for defendants Charles McGaney and Gary Collins, both 21, and Jerome Williams, 17, is April 30. The three young men are accused of fatally shooting Harris in the early morning of Sept. 20, 2008, after a failed robbery attempt at the Northwood Plaza shopping center in Northeast Baltimore.

January 17, 2009

Youth, 16, charged as adult in killing of former councilman

A 16-year-old boy has been charged in the killing of former City Councilman Kenneth N. Harris Sr., the third suspect arrested in the September robbery-turned-slaying at a Northeast Baltimore nightclub.

January 16, 2009

Mask in Harris killing does not contain DNA of either suspect

The skull mask left at the Northeast Baltimore scene of former City Councilman Kenneth N. Harris Sr.'s killing does not contain the DNA of either suspect charged in the homicide, according to a crime lab report reviewed yesterday by The Baltimore Sun.

November 18, 2008

Gag order sought in Harris killing case

Attorneys representing two men accused of killing former City Councilman Kenneth N. Harris Sr. are seeking a gag order in the case, arguing that publicity would make it difficult for their clients to get a fair trial.

November 15, 2008

Two men held in Harris' death

Two men were arrested yesterday in the killing of Kenneth N. Harris Sr., the former city councilman who was fatally shot in a robbery outside a Northeast Baltimore jazz club in September. The arrests brought relief to his family and to community members, some of whom had grown increasingly impatient with the police investigation.

November 6, 2008

Key DNA evidence found in the killing of Harris

Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III said detectives have recovered key DNA evidence in the killing of former City Councilman Kenneth N. Harris Sr. but need help from the public in determining the suspects' identity.

October 28, 2008

Councilwoman wants accounting from city police

Saying that Baltimore is becoming "numb and complacent" to murder, City Councilwoman Helen L. Holton demanded an update last night on the Police Department's homicide clearance rate and a briefing on the homicide investigation into the death of former Councilman Kenneth N. Harris Sr.

October 21, 2008

Income up, study says

A city-sponsored economic study shows Baltimore has about $1.2 billion more in aggregate neighborhood income than traditional markets have estimated, and city leaders say they plan to highlight these findings to developers in an attempt to revitalize four floundering shopping centers.

October 8, 2008

Gun that killed Harris tied to Jan. case

The gun used to kill former City Councilman Kenneth N. Harris Sr. had been fired in another crime in the same Northeast Baltimore shopping center months before, but police classified the earlier incident as a property crime instead of an attempted armed robbery, limiting the resources they devoted to investigating it.

October 7, 2008

Police say video images might show Harris' killers

Police released surveillance camera footage yesterday that they believe may show one or more of the suspects in the killing of former City Councilman Kenneth N. Harris Sr. The images were captured at the shopping center minutes before he was killed last month.

6:45 PM EDT, September 21, 2008

Harris' killing stuns residents, colleagues

In his eight years on the City Council, Kenneth N. Harris Sr. worked diligently to make parts of North and Northeast Baltimore safer from crime, including the Northwood Plaza, an aging strip mall that some say had its heyday in the 1960s.

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