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Keyword: double homicide

UPDATE (June 27, 2018 2:08 p.m.):

Homicide detectives arrested a man in connection with the murder of Cindy Berdina Testerman after the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the cause of death to be homicide by trauma inflicted by an edged weapon yesterday.

booking photo of Ryan Michael McGuire, homicide suspectRyan Michael McGuire (32), with no permanent address, is charged with two counts of First Degree Murder and two counts of Second Degree Murder after a second victim was located during the execution of a search warrant of a home across the street from Cindy Testerman's home. Video surveillance was recovered that implicated McGuire in Cindy Testerman's death, leading detectives across the street to the home of the second victim, with whom McGuire had been staying recently.

Judy Elizabeth Slebzak (66) of the 7900 block of Roseland Avenue, 21237, McGuire's step-mother, was discovered hidden in a cedar chest in her home during the search following McGuire's arrest. McGuire admitted his involvement in both women's deaths during a post-Miranda interview.

Police now believe that McGuire may have murdered Judy Slebzak up to a few weeks ago, then used her vehicle for transportation while selling some of her possessions to obtain money for illicit narcotics. When Cindy Testerman began questioning him about her whereabouts, police believe he responded to her home on Saturday, June 23, and murdered her, as well. He took possessions from her home, including her vehicle, and sold them for money to purchase additional narcotics.

McGuire is currently held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center pending a bail review hearing.

Original Release (June 25, 2018 2:09 p.m.):

Woman Found Dead in Rosedale Home

Police are investigating after a woman was found unresponsive on the floor of her Rosedale home yesterday evening.

Police were called to the 7900 block of Roseland Avenue just after 8 p.m. Sunday evening when a relative entered the woman's home and found her on the kitchen floor, suffering from trauma to the upper body. The woman, identified as Cindy Berdina Testerman, who would have turned 62 today, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Her body has been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for determination of cause and manner of death.

Police are asking anyone who may have information on this woman's death to contact them at 410-307-2020. The Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit is following up with this investigation.

Baltimore County Police have arrested and charged two men in connection with the double homicide of Stanley Brunson Jr. and Shameek Joyner in a Towson apartment last week.

Officers were called to the apartment in the unit block of Lambourne Road around 9:30 a.m. on Monday, April 9, when a maintenance worker entered the apartment and discovered the bodies of the two men.

Detectives determined that the two victims went to the apartment to meet with the two suspects after a resident of the apartment facilitated the meet for a narcotics related transaction. It is still unknown what precipitated the murders, but both victims suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body. Brunson also suffered additional traumatic injuries to his upper body.

Police obtained warrants for the two suspects on Sunday, April 15, and located them yesterday afternoon. Officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle they were known to be traveling in on southbound I-83 around 3 p.m. Both suspects were taken into custody without incident.

The suspects, who are brothers, are identified as Norwood Thomas Johnson Jr. (29) and Nyghee Nicholas Johnson (21), both of the unit block of Paula Place in Rossville, 21237. Both are charged with two counts of 1st Degree Murder and held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on no bail status.

Booking photo of Norwood Thomas Johnson Jr.                                  Booking photo of Nyghee Nicholas Johnson

The Investigation

Dwight Dakarai Jones (42) of the 900 block of Elton Avenue, 21222 has also been arrested and charged with a myriad of drug and weapons violations, including firearms and drug trafficking crimes, in connection with this homicide investigation. Detectives learned that Jones was an associate of the Johnson brothers and conducted a search warrant at his home on Elton Avenue for evidence in the homicides. Detectives discovered a number of guns, illegally possessed by Jones, who is restricted from gun ownership due to a previous felony conviction, and confiscated over 100 pounds of marijuana. No evidence from the homicide was located during the search - police do not believe that any of the guns confiscated from Jones is a murder weapon used in the homicide, but will undergo forensics testing to determine if they were used in any crimes. Jones continues to be held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

While police have charged two suspects in connection with the homicides, the overall investigation into the circumstances surrounding the homicides continues.

Police Continue Death Investigation of Two Men Inside Towson Apartment

UPDATE to Original Release (April 11, 2018 9:00 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police identified the victims from the April 9th homicides. Stanley B. Brunson, Jr., 29, of the 1500-block of E. Northern Parkway, 21239 and Shameek Davone Joyner, 28, of the 5300-block of Leith Road, 21239, both suffered trauma to their upper-bodies. 

Homicide detectives continue to investigate the murders. If anyone has information about this incident, please call Baltimore County Police at (410) 307-2020 or call Metro Crime Stoppers. 

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Police Continue Death Investigation of Two Men Inside Towson Apartment

Original Release (April 10, 2018 5:30 p.m.):

Just before 9:30 a.m. on April 9, 2018, Baltimore County Police responded to the unit-block of Lambourne Road, 21204 for a double homicide. A maintenance worker called police when he attempted to perform routine work inside a 5th floor apartment and found the two victims inside. Both men suffered from multiple trauma and were pronounced deceased at the scene. Homicide detectives identified the victims but police cannot release their names until notification of next of kin.

Investigators believe that the victims were targeted and there is not a threat to the general public. Detectives are actively investigating the murders and will release more information as it becomes available.

Baltimore County Police are investigating after discovering two deceased women in a home in Pikesville late last night.

Officers were dispatched to the 4600 block of Debilen Circle just after 11 p.m. for a check on welfare after friends of the couple were unable to make contact with them. Maintenance workers let officers into the home where they made a forced entry into a locked bedroom and discovered both women deceased from gunshot wounds. Police are investigating this incident as a murder-suicide based on evidence at the scene.

The women are identified as Raechele Seanese Gross (32) and Danielle Tamara Gross (31), both of the 4600 block of Debilen Circle, 21208.

The Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit is continuing to investigate this incident.

Revised June 27, 2017