Two men were killed in unrelated slayings in Annapolis last Saturday, marking a bloody weekend in Maryland's capital.
Police have announced arrests in both cases, one a shooting and the other a stabbing. Police spokesman Hal Dalton said Monday that the homicides do not signal an increased level of risk in the city.
"It's a lot," Dalton said of the two slayings. But, he added, "I think it's just coincidence, because one had nothing to do with the other and both appear to be out of personal disputes."
Dalton said the only other slaying this year occurred May 11, when 16-year-old Traykia Jones of the 100 block of Obery Court was found fatally shot at a relative's home. That killing remains under investigation.
"Certainly people walking up and down Main Street aren't any more at risk than they were yesterday or the day before," he said.
In an unrelated third incident, a man told police he was shot in the knee Sunday evening while driving on West Street, police said. That incident remained under investigation Monday, and Dalton said there are "some problems" with the victim's account of the shooting.
Police identified one of the homicide victims as Kevin L. Moulden, 20, of Bens Drive. Police said Moulden was stabbed in the neck early Saturday morning in the 1800 block of Bowman Court.
According to police, witnesses said Aaron M. Brown Jr., 21, of the 900 block of Royal Street, stabbed Moulden during a fight. Brown was charged with first-degree assault and other offenses. Moulden later died of his injuries, and the charges against Brown are expected to be adjusted accordingly, Dalton said.
In the second slaying, police said Joseph T. Brown, 67, of the 1900 block of Copeland Street, was fatally shot Saturday evening by his stepson at their home on Copeland Street. Police say Timothy M. Medley, 20, told investigators he pulled a handgun from his waistband and that it "went off."
Police said Brown was shot four times. Medley was charged with first-degree murder and other offenses.
In the alleged West Street incident, Michael A. Gilliam, 26, told police he was shot while driving eastbound in the 1900 block. He told police he did not know where the shots came from.
There were five slayings in the city last year, Dalton said.