Baltimore police announce charges in fatal stabbing of transgender woman

The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore police announced Thursday that charges have been filed in two 2014 homicides, including the fatal stabbing of Mia Henderson, a transgender woman who was the sibling of professional basketball player Reggie Bullock.

The other homicide involved a man who was shot with a gun owned by a corrections officer, police said.

Interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said that despite increased violence in 2015, the department has not forgotten about earlier cases.

"It's important for the community to know that its police department is not standing still and taking body blows," he said. "We're not just lost in the moment of August 2015. There are other victims and victims' families that are crying for justice."

Police announced charges against Shawn Oliver, a 44-year-old Hagerstown man, in the death of Henderson on July 16, 2014, in the 3400 block of Piedmont Ave. in the Hanlon-Longwood neighborhood of West Baltimore. Henderson, who was 26 years old and previously known as Kevin Long, was stabbed in the chest, arms and back, according to the charging documents.

Oliver was charged with first-degree murder, as well as second-degree murder and first-degree assault.

No lawyer is listed for Oliver in court records.

"Mia fought back, and thank God that she fought back because we were able to close this case with a DNA hit when DNA was recovered from underneath her fingertips and later matched to our suspect," Davis said.

Henderson's brother is a member of the NBA's Detroit Pistons.

On Thursday, Bullock tweeted his appreciation for the Baltimore Police Department.

"Just wanted to take the time to thank @BaltimorePolice for aggressively pursuing the murderer of my brother. My family and I are now able to... ...rest our hearts knowing that this person is OFF THE STREETS," he posted. "I had too many fights with my brother, I know he would leave us enough info to track it down ... FIGHTER."

Police Maj. Stanley Brandford thanked the LGBT community for "all the assistance they gave us, constantly being in touch with us, encouraging us not to forget Mia." He said officers continue to work on the case of another transgender woman who was killed weeks before Henderson's death.

Davis said the back-to-back killings of transgender people "shook the city" last year.

"The LGBT community is a vulnerable community. They have been impacted disproportionately by violent crime, certainly in 2014," Davis said. "Miss Henderson didn't deserve to die."

Police declined to comment on the potential motive for Henderson's killing, saying that could interfere with the ongoing investigation.

"The big announcement today is that Mia's killer is no longer in a position to do this to anyone, particularly a member of the LGBT community," Davis said.

Police also announced charges against Jamel Martin, who is accused of shooting Gregory Anthony Ware Jr in the head on the 2900 block of Eager St. in East Baltimore on Feb. 10, 2014.

Brandford said the two teens — Martin was 17 and Ware was 18 at the time of the shooting — knew each other. Ware was shot after returning home from a basketball game at Dunbar High School, according to charging documents.

The handgun used to kill Ware was legally registered to the suspect's mother, a corrections officer, Brandford said. She has not been arrested.

"She had no idea the kids had taken the weapon," Brandford said.

Police said they had to search out of state for Martin, who faces multiple charges, including first-degree murder.

Court records do not list a lawyer for Martin.

cjedra@baltsun.com

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