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On February 3rd just after 9 p.m., County police responded to the 7100-block of Rudisill Court , 21244 for a shooting. When officers arrived, they found the victim lying on the floor inside the apartment building, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim is identified as Muhamad Birkdar, 24, of the 100-block of Rogers Cockrell Lane, 21222. Birkdar was pronounced deceased at the scene by Baltimore County Fire Department personnel.

Homicide detectives are continuing their investigation at this time. If anyone has information concerning this murder, please call Baltimore County Police at (410) 307-2020.

Booking photo of David Joseph Finlayson, charged with murdering his mother.A 36-year-old Kingsville man has been charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his mother.

David Joseph Finlayson, of the 12000 block of Belair Rd., 21087, is held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Police were dispatched at 1:41 a.m. today to Finlayson's home, where a 2008 Toyota Avalon had crashed into a fence and they found a woman on the ground nearby, suffering from what appeared to be stabbing injuries.

Shortly after that, police found a man walking nearby and through investigation discovered him to be the victim's son.

The investigation showed that the suspect stabbed his mother, Mary Carol Finlayson, 61, of the 1900 block of Park Beach Dr., Aberdeen, 21001, in her car after she came to his apartment to take him to the hospital for a refill of medication.

The Baltimore County Police Department confirms 34 homicides in 2016.

All but six of those cases have been cleared. BCoPD’s Homicide Unit’s clearance rate continues to exceed state and national averages. Its overall clearance rate for 2016 – which under FBI Uniform Crime Reporting guidelines includes cases from previous years that were solved this year – stands at 106 percent. Nine cases from previous years were solved in 2016.

FBI statistics show the national clearance rate for murder in 2015 at 61.5 percent.

“I continue to be very proud of the men and women of the Baltimore County Police Department," said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. "They work hard to develop positive relationships in the community, and trust is a major factor in the outstanding clearance rates the department delivers year in and year out.”

Cases are “cleared” by arrest of a suspect or by exceptional means, such as death of the offender or the victim’s refusal to cooperate with prosecution after the offender has been identified.

“Our clearance rates for murder are a noteworthy accomplishment, and I am grateful to our detectives, officers and professional staff for it,” said Police Chief Jim Johnson. “Some cases are solved within days, some take years. What’s important for our citizens, and the families of victims, is to know that the men and women who work these homicide cases never give up on them no matter how long it takes. Our clearance rates are proof of that.”

Baltimore County – with a population of more than 823,000 people – confirms 33 homicides in 2015.

Revised September 27, 2016