Suspect arrested in beating death Bloody slaying occurred 2 months ago in the city.


A bail review hearing was scheduled today for a 42-year-old West Baltimore man police have arrested in connection with the beating death of a 69-year-old city resident two months ago.

Marcel Wright was arrested without incident by uniformed Central District officers and two homicide detectives about 10:30 last night after police received a tip that he was standing on a corner near his home in the 700 block of W. Fayette St., homicide detective John Burns said.

Wright was held without bail in the Southwestern District lockup on charges of first-degree murder and related offenses in the death of Purcell Crowder. Crowder's body was found April 16 in his apartment in the 5000 block of Carmine Ave. in southwest Baltimore.

Burns said Wright also has been charged with robbery, possession of a deadly weapon and theft. Wright also was being sought on a warrant charging him with an unrelated robbery, Burns said.

Following the formal charges, Wright was taken to the Southwestern District police station and held overnight with

out bail pending a review hearing today before a District Court commissioner.

Crowder's body was found on the morning of April 16 by police who were responding to a report that blood was dripping into the apartment of a woman who lived next door, Burns said.

When police entered Crowder's apartment, they found him lying on the living room floor next to a bloodstained wall.

Burns said Crowder, who lived alone, was beaten to death with a blunt object, possibly a piece of wood. Robbery appeared to be the motive, he said.

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