Murders this Week: 1; Murders this Year: 22

Police have released Jennifer Conyers' cause of death. Firefighters went to a fire at the 32-year-old African-American woman's house in the 5700 block of Highgate Drive on Feb. 8. Conyers was found in the basement bound with eletrical cords and tape. She was suffering from head trauma. Initially police were unable to say if Conyers died before the fire or during it. Police have now confirmed that Conyers died from the head trauma and was dead before the fire started. Monte Carter, a 38-year-old African-American man, has been arrested and charged with her murder. Carter told police that he met Conyers on an online dating site.

Monday, Feb. 11

6:19 P.M. Aaron Knox, a 33-year-old African-American man, was in the 1100 block of North Stricker Street in Sandtown-Winchester when one or more people started shooting at him. He was hit in the head, torso, and limbs, and died at an area hospital at 7:58 P.M. This is the first time in 2013 that there was only one homicide in a week. However, Baltimore has still seen five more homicides as of Feb. 18 than at the same time last year.

Updates:

Eric Jones, a 20-year-old African-American man, was arrested on Feb. 12 for the triple shooting that left Quentin Cannady, a 46-year-old African-American man, dead. On Feb. 2, Cannady and two other men were found shot in Cannady's home, in the 3400 block of Reisterstown Road. The other two men survived. Jones has been charged with numerous crimes related to the incident including murder, attempted murder, and robbery.

Eugene Emmett Bates, a 37-year-old African-American man, was convicted on Feb. 14 of murdering Elmore Rembert, a 49-year-old African-American man. On April 27, 2011, the Baltimore City Fire Department put out a fire in a vacant house in the unit block of South Monroe Street. Rembert's body was discovered in the basement of the house under debris. He had died from asphyxiation. Bates killed Rembert because Rembert allegedly stole drugs from Bates and his cousin. Bates then set the house on fire to destroy evidence of the crime. Bates was arrested after being stopped by police while driving Rembert's pickup truck with a burned-out headlight.

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