Herbert Mayes, 26, was charged by city homicide detectives in the March 30 killing of 59-year-old Chauncey Hardy in the 900 block of Valley St.
Mayes had been included in a database compiled by The Baltimore Sun in 2010 of several suspects charged with rapes through DNA. The report showed that of the 85 sexual assault cases involving DNA that resulted in criminal charges over a three-year period in Baltimore, nearly 40 percent had been dropped.
Mayes' charges - in a rape from July 27, 2000 and another from August 12, 2000 - were among the pending cases at the time the article was published, but court records show that prosecutors dropped the most serious charges and he was found not guilty at trial on lesser counts. In both cases, he had been accused of forcing a woman into an alley and raping her - once placing the victim in a chokehold, another time at knifepoint.
Mayes previously had rape charges dropped in 2002, and in 2006 he was convicted of armed robbery, receiving a 10 year sentence with half the term suspended.
On March 30 of this year, witnesses say Mayes, known as "Mak," and two other males were seen arguing with Hardy. Mayes pulled out a handgun from his waistband and shot Hardy, who fell to his stomach and was shot several more times, police wrote in charging documents.
Mayes, of the 900 block of E. Lombard St. ran southeast toward Ashland Court, disappearing from view, police said. Witnesses picked Mayes out of a lineup "without hesitation" and police wrote in court papers that city surveillance cameras corroborated their statements.
Mayes was charged April 3 and was being held without bond.