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Two Baltimore men indicted in separate 2020 murders, State’s Attorney’s Office says

Two Baltimore men were indicted Tuesday on separate murder and weapons charges from last year, the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office announced.

Anthony Sellers, 26, was indicted in relation to the shooting death of a 55-year-old man in the city’s Langston Hughes neighborhood in July.

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The Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office wrote in a news release that Sellers is charged with first-degree murder and related weapons offenses for shooting Ronald Laws, 55, to death last year.

On July 3, 2020, officers found Laws shot in the 5200 block of Cordelia Ave., the office wrote.

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Investigators found shell casings and two live 9mm rounds at the scene, prosecutors wrote.

Sellers was first arrested in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on July 7 on an unrelated charge of unlawful possession of a 9 mm handgun, the office wrote. After finding out about the Pennsylvania arrest, Baltimore police officers interviewed him July 16 in Harrisburg, prosecutors wrote.

According to prosecutors, Sellers told Baltimore detectives he had shot a man during an altercation on Cordelia Avenue and then identified himself in still photos taken from surveillance footage of the incident.

The Public Defender’s Office, which is listed in court records as having initially represented Sellers when he was first charged with the murder, declined to comment.

Also Tuesday, a Baltimore City grand jury indicted Billy Johnson in the murder of Brandon Fleming on the 2500 block of Woodland Ave. on Dec. 22, 2020. Johnson was charged with second-degree murder and with weapons offenses.

Prosecutors wrote that on Dec. 22, Johnson, called 911 to say his partner, Brandon Fleming, was unconscious at a home at 2503 Woodland Ave.

According to court documents, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner found what appeared to be a stab/puncture wound in the upper back of the victim, and investigators found blood throughout the home.

Prosecutors said Johnson admitted to police that he stabbed his boyfriend with a folding pocket knife.

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