Murder Ink 8/27/14

This Week: 8
This Year: 140

There were eight murders last week in Baltimore, plus a fatal hit-and-run vehicle accident and a body found floating in the water, neither of which has been classified as a homicide at this time. On his way to a peace march, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts reportedly collared an armed man right after the suspect allegedly shot another man. Last year at this time there were 151 murders reported in the city.


Tuesday, Aug. 19

11:57 p.m. Adrian Gilliard, a 17-year-old African-American boy, was on the 200 block of North Bentalou Street, about a block from his home in the Penrose/Fayette Street Outreach neighborhood, when someone shot him multiple times in the head and neck. Police and medics arrived soon after and he was taken to a hospital, where he died at 2:28 a.m. Police are looking for witnesses.

Wednesday, Aug. 20

2:12 a.m. Robert Lee Woods, a 34-year-old African-American man, was on the unit block of West 20th Street when someone shot him multiple times. Police were called after the shooting and medics took Woods to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead soon after. Police say Woods lived on the unit block of Bruce Street, about two miles from where he was killed.

Thursday, Aug. 21

12:25 a.m. Keith Powell, a 17-year-old African-American boy, was on the 3400 block of Ramona Avenue in the Belair-Edison neighborhood when he was shot multiple times in the head and body. Police found him on the sidewalk. Powell was pronounced dead a 1:01 a.m. at a hospital. He lived on the 2600 block of Hermosa Avenue, according to police, which is about two miles from where he was killed.

Friday, Aug. 22

12:36 a.m. Michael Truesdale, a 24-year-old African-American man, was standing on the 2000 block of Linden Avenue when someone shot him in the head. It was the second murder in Reservoir Hill this year. Police say Truesdale lived on the 1200 block of Laurens Street, about a 16-minute walk from where he was killed.

1:49 a.m. About an hour after Truesdale died, Nathaniel Quarterman, a 54-year-old African-American man, was found dead in an alley behind the 4200 block of Shamrock Avenue in Belair-Edison. His body was on fire. Police say he had gotten into an altercation with his roommate, Lawrence Coverdale, a 43-year-old African-American man, and that Coverdale beat him to death, threw his body outside, and then set it on fire, warning another roommate to keep quiet or get the same treatment. Coverdale has been charged with first degree murder and held without bail. Quarterman was killed about a 10-minute walk across Herring Run Park from where Keith Powell was shot down the day before.

Sunday, Aug. 24

1:43 a.m. Lamont Randolph Logan, a 39-year-old African-American man, was on the 1500 block of Gorsuch Avenue when he was shot multiple times. He was rushed to a hospital but was pronounced dead at 2:06 a.m. This incident occurred just a block from where James Taylor was killed on Aug. 16. It was the fifth murder in Coldstream Homestead Montebello so far in 2014.

6:59 a.m. Darryl Dovi, a 45-year-old Caucasian man, was on the 600 block of Winston Avenue, in the Winston-Govans neighborhood where he lived, when someone stabbed him in the heart. He died soon after. It was the second stabbing murder in Winston-Govans this year.

10:52 a.m. Police responding to a call about an unconscious man found  the body of Keyanee Stewart, a 26-year-old African-American man, lying in a field on the 4200 block of West Bay Avenue, near the Cutis Bay Elementary/Middle School. He had been shot to death.



The man killed Aug. 16 on the 1400 block of Gorsuch Avenue was identified last week as James Taylor, age 66. He lived on the block. Police have charged Adrian Epps, a 48-year-old African-American man, with first-degree murder. Police say Epps beat Taylor to death "with both a baton and a cane." They say Epps confessed.