As officers lingered outside his Northwest Baltimore home for three hours, Anthony Todd was busy inside trying to cover up evidence of a marijuana-growing operation, police say.
His pants had fresh dirt on them from squeezing through a crawl space to hide what police say was a pound of loose marijuana, and he told officers he had spent the time before they entered the home tearing apart the marijuana plants and flushing them down the toilet. Detectives also found two .22-caliber revolvers, one behind a TV and another in a drawer underneath, police said in court records.
It was a homicide, however, not a drug investigation that had taken officers to the home in the 4500 block of
Gipson spoke to The Baltimore Sun the day before his death, advocating for friends fighting to stay at a homeless camp under the
Charging documents in the case do not provide a motive in the killing. A public defender assigned to Todd in the drug case could not be reached for comment, and no one answered the phone at a number listed for Todd's address.
The arrest is one of several that homicide detectives have made in recent weeks. None of the charging documents for the recently closed cases contain a motive, and police could not provide any additional information.
Among the cases recently closed include the killing of 16-year-old Daniel Pearson, who was one of three people shot in November 2012 in the 2700 block of Greenmount Ave., a case that Police Commissioner
Charging documents in the arrest of 21-year-old Terry Addison say that four men emerged from an alley, walked into the street and opened fire on Pearson and his group. Addison's address in court records is a
Police said they have also charged William Hunt, 29, with the April 2008 homicide of Justin Marasa, a 22-year-old from Kenya who was found slumped over the wheel of a vehicle in the 1400 block of Holbrook St.
Garrick Powell Jr., 20, of Gwynn Oak was charged with the killing of 21-year-old John Planters, who was found in a grassy lot in the 2200 block of
Attempts to reach the suspects' attorneys were unsuccessful.