Two deaths ruled homicides

The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore police said yesterday that two recent deaths have been classified as homicides and that investigations into both incidents are continuing.

In the most recent case, police found a wounded man inside an apartment in the 2100 block of Crimea Road in Southwest Baltimore on Oct. 13. The victim, Martay Powell, 22, had been shot in the head and died later that day at Sinai Hospital, police said.

Detectives determined that Powell and his girlfriend had been arguing and then fought for control of a gun, which went off during a struggle, according to Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman. Harris said that city prosecutors and detectives were reviewing the case to determine whether charges against the girlfriend - whose name was not released - would be appropriate.

In an earlier incident, police said yesterday that the death of a 2-year-old girl June 5 is being investigating as a homicide. The girl, Bryanna Harris, was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital early that day and was pronounced dead on arrival, Harris said. She lived in the 1700 block of E. 25th St.

The girl's mother told police that she had checked on the girl after she had put her to bed and found her unresponsive later in the evening. Police did not reveal a cause of death in the case.

The two deaths raise the city's homicide total this year to 266 victims - 21 more than last year during the same period.

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