Baltimorean gets life sentence plus 70 years for slaying two


A Baltimore man who in separate incidents killed a romantic rival and a woman he suspected of betraying a close friend has been sentenced to life plus 70 years in prison for the two murders.

Baltimore Circuit Judge Ellen M. Heller sentenced Charles A. Clark Thursday on jury verdicts returned in back-to-back trials in January: first-degree murder in the shooting of Jimmy Darnell Barksdale June 28, 1989, and second-degree murder in the fTC death of Janice Irby. Ms. Irby's body was found wrapped in carpet and plastic bags in the 2300 block of North Howard Street Oct. 11, 1989. She had been shot, strangled, slashed across the throat and beaten on the head.

Clark, who gives three birth dates in 1964 and 1965 and uses the alias "Steve Little," was being sought for the Barksdale homicide when he was arrested at a house in the 3800 block of Cranston Avenue, where he was hiding out with friends and where Ms. Irby was killed, said Assistant State's Attorney Gregory E. Gaskins.

Mr. Barksdale, 21, of the 2600 block of Boone Street, was celebrating his release from jail on a drug conviction at the home of his girlfriend, who had a year-old child with Clark.

Clark showed up at her door, where he hugged his child, then shot Mr. Barksdale four times in the head and kicked the body down the front steps of the home in the 2000 block of East Chase Street, Mr. Gaskins said.

Clark denied that account in his testimony, saying Mr. Barksdale pointed a gun at him. He next was tried for murder and use of a handgun in the death of Ms. Irby, 24, of the 3900 block Glenhunt Road.

She had argued with her boyfriend and gone to see the people on Cranston Avenue with whom Clark was staying. Ms. Irby was alone in the basement with Clark when some of the other residents heard a gunshot and a woman screaming, Mr. Gaskins said. The other adults woke the children and fled from their house.

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