The beloved inspiration for a TV sitcom was among the four Baltimoreans killed last week, prompting Charles S. Dutton, the man who portrayed him, to send condolences. An 11-year-old boy was shot and ran to police, leading them back to his father, but it was too late. A transgender woman was killed in her house, less than a block from where a man was killed last month. Meanwhile, personnel changes continue at the police department. Internal Affairs Division Chief Grayling Williams abruptly resigned after a little over a year on the job.
Monday, April 1
12:27 P.M. On the 5600 block of Midwood Avenue in Cameron Village, John Wood, 80, got into an argument with a younger man, who punched him. Wood, an African-American man, former sanitation worker, and the inspiration for the early 1990s Fox TV series Roc, fell down a hill and hit his head on some steps. That was where Northern District police officers found him. He died at Sinai Hospital at 1:15 P.M. The younger man, who police later identified as Lorenzo Thornton, a 25-year-old African-American man who lives on the same block, was arrested two days later and faces a second-degree murder charge.
9:20 P.M. An 11-year-old boy ran to police patrolling near the 1900 block of Bentalou Street to lead them back to the house where he had been shot. In the house, police found Ralph Timmons, a 34-year-old African-American man and the boy's father, shot. Police later arrested two African-American men. John Knox, 21, who resides on the 4800 block of Woodmere Avenue, and Joseph Oglesby, 37, of the 1100 block of Greenwood Road in Princess Anne County, are charged with first-degree murder.
Wednesday, April 3
1:18 A.M. Northern District officers responded to the 2200 block of Barclay Street for a shooting. Inside a house, they found Kelly Young, an African-American transgender woman originally named Rodney Little, lying on the floor, shot. Young was taken to a hospital, where she died at 2 A.M. This murder happened just a couple hundred feet from where Thabiti Wheeler was found shot to death in a car a month earlier.
Monday, April 8
2:03 A.M. Southern District police came to the 300 block of South Payson Street and found an African-American man, whose name has been withheld pending notification of his family, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Police were told the victim had argued with another man who shot him and fled.
Police released the name of the man shot March 29 on the 1300 block of East Lanvale Street. He was Khiry Jowers, 21, and he had lived on the 2700 block of East Monument Street.
After three trials, Jamal Chapman was convicted by a jury on April 5 for the 2010 murder of Wesley Lashley, a 29-year-old African-American man. Police said Chapman, 35, fought with Lashley earlier that day and told him, "I know where you and your girl live." He found Lashley later at the corner of Park Heights and Woodland avenues and shot him. He was tried twice before on the charges, resulting in hung juries. This time he was convicted of first-degree murder, use of a handgun in a crime of violence, and wearing, carrying, and transporting a handgun. His sentencing is scheduled for May 30. He faces life in prison.