Early Sunday morning, November 21, a 28-year-old woman who worked as a correctional officer was found shot to death in a friend’s home in east Baltimore, reports The Baltimore Sun. She died from her gunshot wounds later that day.
The morning before, Saturday, November 20, her neighbors reported that the woman and her live-in boyfriend got into a loud argument at approximately 4:30 a.m. Police were called to the scene to stop the domestic dispute. Neighbors report that the woman then left to stay at a friend’s. When detectives searched her apartment for clues the next day, they discovered blood on the door. Believing the killer was inside, they called hostage negotiators and blocked off the street. After a three-hour standoff, it was determined the apartment was empty.
Many of the woman’s neighbors had known her since she was a young girl and are stricken by grief and shock. Officially, police have not stated whether the woman’s boyfriend is a suspect in the Baltimore murder case, but they do report that they have not yet spoken with him. The woman had a three-year-old daughter from a previous relationship who is now with family members.
According to the Maryland Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, 2009 saw a decrease in most crimes in the state. Overall, the 215,921 crimes reported was the lowest number ever reported. There was a 10.8 percent decrease in murder statewide. Violent crimes were the lowest since 1979, with 33,626 incidents reported. In Baltimore, there was a 4.6 percent decrease in total crime. Regarding violent crime, there was a 20.3 percent decrease. However, that still amounts to 4,555 violent crimes reported in 2009.
In murder investigations, individuals can wrongfully accuse someone of a violent crime when emotions run high amidst a lot of tension. While justice should be served, police officials, detectives and prosecutors need to be wary of charging the wrong person with a violent crime. Being accused of murder can seriously alter a person’s life, making it difficult for them to maintain relationships with family and friends, and impact whether they are able to find work. If convicted, they could spend years behind bars.
If you have been accused of a violent crime in Maryland, you need to ensure your rights are protected and your case is accurately represented in a court of law. The Maryland murder defense attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC will build a strong case and aggressively defend your rights. Call us today at1-866-444-6363 for a free and confidential consultation.