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Update 1/27/18 3:45 p.m.

On January 26, 2018, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy on the victim and determined that the cause of death was blunt force injuries and the manner of death was a homicide.

Police continued to search for the victim’s son, Darrin McCullers, 45, of the 200-block of Walnut Avenue, 21222. On the same date, officers received information that he was getting onto a bus in the area of Dunmanway in Dundalk. McCullers was located and taken into custody on the bus. He has been charged with first-degree murder and is currently being held at the Baltimore County Department of Corrections on denied bail status. 


Original Release: 1/26/18 3:29 p.m.

Photo of Darrin Michael McCullers.

On January 24, Baltimore County Police were called to a home in the 200 block of Walnut Avenue, 21222 for two missing persons. Officers were told that Gwendolyn Blondell McCullers, 70, had not been in contact with her family for several days. McCullers lived at the Walnut Avenue residence along with her son, who also could not be located by their family members.

Police were called back to the house the following day. Gwendolyn McCullers’ body was discovered concealed inside the house. The victim was pronounced deceased by Baltimore County Fire Department personnel on January 25 just before 5 p.m. She is believed to have suffered from blunt force trauma to the upper body. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has ruled McCullers’ death as a homicide.

Police are searching for the victim’s son and concerned for his welfare. Darrin Michael McCullers is described as a black male, 44, 6’07”, 190 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

If anyone has information about this case or the whereabouts of Darrin McCullers, please call Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020.

Just before midnight on July 31, 2017, officers were dispatched to the 700 block of Peterson Road, 21220 for a shooting. Upon arrival, Police located a female victim with multiple gunshot wounds to the upper and lower body. The victim, Iyanna Nachae Watkins, 13, of the 700 block of Shipfriend Road, 21220, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

A second victim, an adult male with at least one gunshot wound to the lower body, was located in the 500 block of Compass Road and transported to a local hospital by Baltimore County Fire Department personnel. A third victim, also an adult male with at least one gunshot wound to the lower body, was identified after he was transported to a hospital by a family member.

On January 26, 2018, Baltimore County Police charged Alphonso Frederick Smith, III, 19, of the 1100 block of Country Terrace Road, 21221, and Roger Lee-Austin Eastmond, Jr., 19, of the 4300 block of Seidel Avenue, 21206, each with first-degree murder, and two counts of attempted first-degree murder. Both men are being held at the Baltimore County Department of Corrections on denied bail status.

Detectives learned that the shooting was the result of a prior altercation between Smith and a friend of the victims. After the fight, Smith told the group that he would be back. Later that same day, the victims were with a group of people sitting behind the 7-11 store to the rear of Peterson Road. Smith and Eastmond found the group, including the person from the earlier fight, and coordinated the shooting into the crowd from a short distance away, which resulted in the death of Iyanna Watkins and injuries to the other victims. Investigators believe that Watkins was struck by gunfire intended for someone else.

If anyone has additional information about the shooting, please call Baltimore County Police at (410) 307-2020.

The original news blog post on the case can be found here.

Booking photo for Alphonso Frederick Smith, III:











Booking photo for Roger Lee-Austin Eastmond, Jr.:

UPDATE (January 25, 2018; 11:23 a.m.): Baltimore County Police are investigating this homicide as justifiable self-defense and no charges have been placed at this time. Paul Michael Connolly, 3rd, 25, of the 5600 block of Utrecht Road, 21206 suffered a stab wound and was later pronounced deceased at a local hospital. Homicide detectives conducted their investigation and learned the circumstances leading up to the incident.

A man learned that someone at Connolly's residence was responsible for stealing property from his residence. He knocked on Connolly’s front door to confront the residents about stealing his property. Connolly and another man from the house came outside and an argument between the three ensued. According to the man, a large dog belonging to one of the residents also attacked him. Police determined that Connolly and the man pulled out knives and Connolly was stabbed.

After extensive interviews, the man was released from police custody. Police found evidence of a struggle and justification of the man’s statement. The investigation into the theft and the death is continuing at this time.

Police cannot release any identifying information about the man involved in this incident, under state law.

Original Release (January 24, 2018; 10:17 p.m.): Police continue to investigate a mid-day homicide in Rosedale.

Officers were called to the scene outside a home in the 5600 block of Utrecht Road around 11:24 a.m. when the victim and suspect became engaged in a physical altercation following a verbal argument. During the altercation the victim was fatally stabbed. He was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased.

The victim is identified as Michael Paul Connolly, 3rd (25) of the 5600 block of Utrecht Road.

The Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding this homicide.

Revised June 27, 2017