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Baltimore Police charge two men in separate killings

Baltimore Police arrested two suspects Tuesday in a pair of separate murder investigations, the department announced Wednesday.

Dante Henderson, 28, was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree murder in the killing of a 28-year-old on Saturday in the 1500 block of W. Baltimore Street, police said.

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Henderson previously pleaded guilty in 2007 to an armed carjacking and was sentenced to eight years. His public defender in that case did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and no phone number was listed for his home in the 1200 block of Harlem Ave..

Garrett Smith, 47, was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree murder in the Nov. 21, 2017 killing of 50-year-old Dannie Mark Grant in the 3800 block of Oakford Avenue, police said.

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Smith's mother, Joyce Smith, reached by phone at their home in the 3900 block of Penhurst Avenue, said he couldn't have committed the murder. He had been taking care of his grandfather's estate in North Carolina with her over the Thanksgiving week, she said.

"All I know is he was not in town when this was supposed to have happened," she said.

Police did not say how they had identified Smith as the suspect. They identified him as a "repeat offender."

Smith pleaded guilty to robbery with a dangerous weapon and illegally carrying a handgun in 1992. He pleaded guilty to a drug possession charge in 2003, in which he was sentenced to a year and six months of supervised probation. In 2007, he was convicted on a subsequent marijuana possession charge and was ordered to pay a fine, according to court records.

His mother said her son had been laid off during the winter from his job driving forklifts at a plant in Curtis Bay. He had been doing home improvement projects and was actively looking for work, she said.

"He's not as bad as they say he is," Joyce Smith said.

Homicide detectives are investigating both incidents. Anyone with information is asked to call 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP. Tips can be texted to police by 443-902-4824.

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