After facing their deadliest year, homicide detectives in both Baltimore city and county have begun tallying the victims of 1993.
For the county police, the first victim of the new year was found dead early yesterday in a Woodlawn apartment -- a 60-year-old man who had been stabbed several times.
Investigators said an unidentified woman called 911 at 1:54 a.m. and reported the slaying of John Gilbert Lineberger, who lived in the 100 block of Village of Pine Court. Police found his body in the hallway of his first-floor apartment.
He had several wounds in his upper body and legs.
There was no sign of forced entry into the apartment, and no motive for the slaying was known, police said.
Baltimore County had 44 homicide deaths last year -- 10 more than the old record set in 1990.
In the city, detectives were investigating two unrelated homicides that occurred Saturday -- one case involving a man stabbed in a dispute over his gender, and the other a man who was shot during a robbery in Pimlico.
In the latest killing, police were called to an apartment building in the 5600 block of Loch Raven Blvd. at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Officers found the body of Marvin Johnson, 29, of no fixed address, lying in a second-floor hallway.
Mr. Johnson, who was dressed as a woman, had been stabbed, according to Police Agent Doug Price.
Allen Eric Horton, 22, who lived in the apartment building, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and a weapons offense.
Agent Price, a police spokesman, said Mr. Horton had apparently met Mr. Johnson earlier in the evening and took him back to his apartment, where he discovered that Mr. Johnson was not -- despite his appearance -- a woman.
A fight broke out, and Mr. Johnson was stabbed to death, Agent Price said.
Earlier Saturday evening, police found Larry Erickson, 23, dead in an alley near his home in the 3700 block of Oakmont Ave.
Agent Price said residents in the neighborhood called police when they heard gunshots at 7:15 p.m. and saw two men drag what appeared to be a body into the alley. The residents said the two began to go through the victim's pockets.
Police reported no arrests in the case.
The homicide toll in the city reached 335 last year -- five more than the previous record, which had been set in 1972.