In two days, city police have arrested five men, one of them from New York, and charged them in seven unrelated homicides.
One of the men, Antoine Williams, of the 1400 block of E. Preston St., already was in custody, having been previously charged with a separate slaying.
Mr. Williams, 24, was charged yesterday with the Feb. 19 murder of Murphy Wortham, 41, of the 900 block of N. Chapel St.
He also is charged with the fatal shooting of Richard A. Collins, 32, during a street robbery on Dec. 7, 1992.
Also arrested yesterday at the Detention Center was Anthony Wise, 18, of the 2000 block of Kennedy Ave. He had been charged with the attempted murder of Tyrone Cole, 21, of the 1700 block of E. 30th St. But, because the victim later died, Mr. Wise will be charged with first-degree murder.
A New York man being sought in the June 1991 drug-related slaying of Calvin Roundtree, 30, of the first block of N. Gorman Ave. was arrested in New York and returned to Baltimore yesterday.
Police said Shawn Clark, 26, is being held at the Detention Center without bail.
Also arrested yesterday was Carlos Anthony Teixeira, 18, of the 200 block of Colvin St.
Mr. Teixeira was arrested on a warrant charging him with the March 2 murder of Daniel A. Blue, 29, of the 2200 block of E. Madison St.
On Wednesday, Richard Antoine Lawrence, 20, of the 2600 block of E. Biddle St., who had been sought in connection with two unrelated slayings, surrendered to police and is being held at the Detention Center without bail.
Mr. Lawrence was charged with first-degree murder in the March 14 fatal shooting of Eugene Baker, 38, of the 100 block of Aisquith St., near the main Post Office building in the first block of N. Exeter St.
He also was charged with the first-degree murder of James Leon Reynolds, 19, of the 700 block of W. Saragota St., who was shot during an argument over a woman in the 1900 block of E. 28th St. on May 11.
Homicide detectives said yesterday that they have obtained a warrant charging 16-year-old Kenneth Maurice Smith of the 4500 block of Clareway with first-degree murder in Monday's fatal shooting of Damon A. Toodle, 25, of the 4100 block of Coleman Ave. The victim was gunned down in the 4300 block of Clareway, police said.
Police investigating the slayings Wednesday night of Georgia Hill, 49, and Michelle Alston, 31, who shared an apartment in the 1400 block of W. Saratoga St., said they were still without a suspect and motive.
Ms. Alston was sitting on the front steps when a man shot her once in the chest. The gunman then shot Ms. Hill four times in the upper body as she stood in the hallway of the rowhouse.
The slayings brought this year's homicide count to 128, 17 more than this time last year, police said. Last year, 335 people were slain, the most in the city's history.