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Postby Qdawg » April 4th, 2007, 12:40 am

Defendant says drug 'gold mine' lured him to city
California man, 35, is on trial in Baltimore killing last year
By Annie Linskey
sun reporter
Originally published April 4, 2007

Don Papa's real name is Shaidon Emanuel Blake, and depending on whether one believes the police or him, he is either an out-of-town hit man for a gang or an opportunist lured by the city's desperate heroin users.

A portrait of the 35-year-old California resident, whose murder trial continues today in Baltimore Circuit Court, has emerged in interviews with homicide detectives found in the thick court file and in a letter he wrote to The Sun from his jail cell.

Blake denies that he bound, tortured, burned and suffocated Terrance Randolph, 19, in a West Baltimore house a year ago this month. But in court documents, he admits he was drawn to the city's lucrative drug culture.

"Pennsylvania Avenue is a freaking gold mine," he said to police, according to court papers. He boasted that he made $180,000 selling drugs there one night.

"This is the heroin capital of America, ain't no more dope sold nowhere than right there on Pennsylvania Avenue. It's the largest open air drug market in the world for heroin," he said.

As an out-of-town gang member, Blake's presence in the city signals a troubling development to police and prosecutors, who say they are worried about the growing gang activity in the city.

Authorities say more than 2,500 suspected gang members are in in Baltimore, hundreds of them affiliating themselves with groups more commonly found on the West Coast, such as the Bloods and the Crips.

Police documents describe Blake as a member of the Bounty Hunter Bloods, a fearsome group with roots in Los Angeles's Nickerson Gardens housing project whose members go into gang-infested areas and determine who on the streets is a real Blood and who is pretending.

The true Bloods pay tribute to California dons and know the required hand signals and gang codes. The impostors flash red bandanas, or "flags," but are not affiliated with a national group. Repeatedly claiming a false affiliation can be a death sentence.

Robert L. Dohony, a Baltimore homicide detective, referred in court papers to Don Papa as "Triple O.G.," which means "triple original gangster," a high rank among the Bloods.

Dennis J. Laye, Blake's court-appointed lawyer, said he doubts that his client is a high-ranking gangster.

"There are a lot of people who want to be big shots," he said. "If this guy is so trusted, and he gets so caught up in this [killing], the Bloods won't at least hire him a lawyer?"

Laye also disputed his client's own claims about involvement in the drug trade, pointing out that Blake does not have drug charges on his record. "When he says he's all this stuff, I don't believe him," Laye said.

Blake got in touch with The Sun by answering a letter written to another inmate at the Central Booking and Intake Center. A reporter showed the letter to Blake's lawyer during a break in court proceedings yesterday. The attorney handed it to Blake, who acknowledged having written it.

In that polite and neatly printed four-page letter, Blake said he is from the Watts section of Los Angeles and has been involved with gangs since 1981.

Through his lawyer, Blake clarified that is he originally from Baltimore and grew up in Watts and Miami. Since 1981, he said, he has lived mostly in Nickerson Gardens, a public housing development in Watts.

In 2004, about 400 Los Angeles police officers swarmed Nickerson Gardens looking for Bounty Hunter Bloods, according to the Los Angeles Times. George Gascon, then assistant police chief, is quoted in the article describing the Hunters as "one of the most violent gangs in the history of the city."

Raymond Kelly, a witness in the Baltimore murder case and the owner of the home where Randolph was killed, told police that Blake was sent to Baltimore to organize and collect dues from the Bloods. But Blake dismissed Baltimore gang members in the letter to The Sun.

"I can tell you that these gangs here are not even Bloods," the letter said. "These are a bunch of Internet surfers. What I'm saying is, none of these gangs are in allegiance with an official Blood set."

Blake determined that fake Bloods in Baltimore include a group called the Locust Park Piru, according to an account in court documents from Jordanna Wagner, another witness in the murder case.

Real Bloods in the city included groups called Family Over Everything and Insane Red Devils, she said in court documents.

In the letter to The Sun, Blake admits being "in association with the gangs" and describes a need for grassroots programs mediating between warring groups. Blake said he offered to be a street mentor to troubled youths but was rebuffed.

He wrote that he came to Baltimore because one of his nephews was "caught up in the false propaganda" regarding the Bloods.

Because he is from California, city homicide detectives mistakenly view him as the "King of the Bloods" and have charged him in a killing he did not commit, he wrote.

During the long interviews with the homicide detectives, Blake comes across as well-versed in the justice system. He threatens to file for habeas corpus, claiming that he is being illegally confined. He lectures Anthony Fata, the lead city homicide detective, on the difference between hearsay and admissible evidence and makes a nuanced argument about whether he is being held as a witness or a suspect.

"There's no physical evidence linking me to a crime bodies, motive, DNA, weapons, you feel me, and a witness," Blake wrote.

Prosecutors say they have at least two witnesses to the April 11 killing Blake and two others are accused of committing, although one of the witnesses is refusing to testify. The other two defendants, Jermile "Smiley" Harvey and Janet "Lock Load" Johnson, are also Bloods members, according to court papers.

Wagner told detectives that Randolph was killed after he argued - possibly about money - with his fellow gang members, according to court papers.

Kelly and Wagner told homicide detectives that Randolph was killed in the basement of Kelly's rowhouse in the 1900 block of Division St. The victim, a 19-year-old gang member whom Blake later said he has "some love for," was bound with duct tape, sliced with a box cutter, hit with a plank and stabbed in the neck twice with a sword, according to the autopsy.

Blake said he bought a one-way bus ticket to Las Vegas shortly after the killing, according to an interview with homicide detectives that is in court documents.

He told detectives that his luggage included an unsold parcel of heroin packed with such haste that he didn't have time to vacuum-seal the drugs.

"Man, that was the weirdest thing in the world, traveling back across the country with it," he said to a homicide detective.

Blake said he has traveled by bus across the country "for business" at least 10 times and can prove it.

"I don't throw away my receipts, my bus receipts, because I try to claim them at the end of the year," he said.

Police arrested him in Las Vegas six weeks after the Baltimore killing and charged him with first-degree murder. He was carrying a 9 mm semiautomatic Smith and Wesson handgun.

After the trial in Baltimore, he will face federal gun charges in Nevada, his lawyer said. He is also wanted on a robbery charge in California, according to court documents.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/ ... -headlines
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Postby Qdawg » April 13th, 2007, 11:56 am

Bloods leader guilty in brutal city murder
Shaidon 'Don Papa' Blake, two others found responsible in killing
By Annie Linskey
Sun Reporter
Originally published April 13, 2007, 1:25 PM EDT

A city jury today found Shaidon "Don Papa" Blake, a Los Angeles-based leader of the Bloods gang, guilty of second-degree murder and conspiracy to kill a 19-year-old West Baltimore man.

The two other co-defendants in the case, Jermile Harvey and Janet Lee Johnson, were found guilty of first- and second-degree murder and conspiracy to kill the man, Terrence Randolph.

Testimony in the five-day trial included graphic descriptions and photographs of how Randolph was bound and tortured in a West Baltimore basement a year ago this month. Randolph was killed when the defendants shoved a samurai sword through his neck twice, dragged his body to an alley and burned it.

The state's case included compelling testimony from Randolph Kelly, who owned the house where the murder occurred. On the stand, Kelly said he had partied with a group of people including the three defendants, and then went to bed. Later he was awakened and brought to the basement, where he saw Randolph bound with duct tape.

Another witness, Jordanna Wagner, told police she was at the house when the murder occurred but did not participate. She took the witness stand but said little. Assistant State's Attorney Brian Fish played audio tapes of homicide detectives questioning her.

In those tapes, Wagner told Baltimore police detective Anthony Fata how Blake, Harvey and Johnson cut Randolph with an box cutter, beat him, bound him with duct tape and finally stabbed him with the sword.

The three defendants will be sentenced on May 28.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/ ... -headlines
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Postby Qdawg » April 14th, 2007, 1:20 am

Bloods Convicted In Baltimore Gang Discipline Killing
Saturday, April 14, 2007
WBAL Radio and The Associated Press

A Baltimore jury convicted three Bloods gang members Friday for beating, stabbing, choking and burning a fellow gang member to death in West Baltimore a year ago.

State prosecutors say Shaidon Blake from California and Janet Johnson and Jermile Harvey of Baltimore were found guilty. Blake was charged with second-degree murder and the other two were charged for first-degree murder. All were also found guilty of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

Prosecutors say Blake is a high-ranking member of the Bloods who came from California to get Terrence Randolph and other gang members in line.

Police were called last April to an alley near 1900 Division Street for a burning body.

Prosecutors say Randolph was killed for messing up the gang's drug money. Witnesses told police the money belonged to Blake. He told police he made more than $180-thousand selling heroin in Baltimore.

Witnesses testified Randolph was beaten with a sledgehammer. The medical examiner said he was choked, severely beaten and stabbed 39 times with a box-cutter. He was also stabbed twice in the neck with a ninja sword. The murder happened in a nearby home's basement before the burning body was placed in the Division Street alley

The three will be sentenced in May.

http://wbal.com/news/story.asp?articleid=56423
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Postby Qdawg » May 31st, 2007, 3:47 pm

Two Men Get Life For Gang Killing
Man Beaten, Stabbed, Strangled For Messing Up Gang's Drug Money
Wbalnews

A Baltimore judge sentenced two men to life in prison Tuesday for killing a fellow gang member whose burning body was found in an alley in April 2006.

Prosecutors said Shaidon "Don Poppa" Blake was a high-ranking Bloods member sent from California to Baltimore to get local members "in line."

They said he and fellow gang member Jermile "Smiley" Harvey, of Baltimore, killed Terrence "Sky" Randolph, a Bloods street gang member accused of messing up the gang's drug money.

A medical examiner determined that Randolph was strangled, beaten, cut and stabbed 39 times, before he was set ablaze. Prosecutors said Blake hit Randolph with a sledge hammer and co-defendants Harvey and Janet "Lock and Load" Johnson cut him with a box cutter and stabbed him twice in the neck with a Ninja sword.

Johnson is scheduled to be sentenced Friday.
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Postby Blues » June 1st, 2007, 6:54 am

Ninja sword?!

Wow.
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Postby LcBwC » June 1st, 2007, 8:11 am

Power of money.
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Re: Nickerson garden bounty hunters in bmore

Postby icewood » April 22nd, 2009, 2:32 pm

ninja swordz n all, Hunn4z get it in lol
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