Friday, August 19, 2005

August 19

A man was arrested in the body-in-the-safe case.

On Tuesday the Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted former correctional officers Dameon Christopher Woods, 33, of Baltimore County, Nathan Delmont Colbert, 42, of North Loudon Avenue and Leonard Hatcher, 43, of Thomas Avenue, for second-degree murder in connection to the beating death of Raymond K. Smoot, 51. Second-degree murder carries a maximum possible prison term of thirty years. Smoot was in custody in his cell May 14 at the Central Booking and Intake Facility. Colbert and Hatcher were arrested today and are in custody. There is a warrant issued for Woods' arrest. At the time of the indictment, arrest warrants were issued. A bail review will be scheduled for next week in Baltimore City Circuit Court. An arraignment will be scheduled at a later date.

Shane Burton, 20, of North Clinton Street, Ronald Sturgiss, 21, of Parkton and Dominic Warren, 21, of Parson Avenue were scheduled for arraignment at 9:30 this morning. A Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted all three men for first-degree murder and conspiracy to first-degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting of Jerry Evans. If convicted, the maximum sentence the defendants could face is life in prison. Court documents allege that on June 16 police officers responded to the 1100 block of McAleer Court for a shooting. Evans was later pronounced dead at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The defendants were identified through eyewitness accounts.

Crazy shit in the countryside dept.: Sixty-seven year-old Ralph Manna was convicted of trying to solicit the murders of his ex-wife and his own son from jail (Myersville is out west between Frederick and Hagerstown). There's a big black rapist on the loose in Hebbville. And in Elkton, Kathleen Zeman was acquitted after being accused of starving her boyfriend's wife to death.

The CP covers Bmore's surveillance cameras, and the murder ink includes some gruesome tales.

Maryland is the second stop in sniper John Muhammad's four-state court tour.

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