Baltimore County Man Charged With Murder In Connection With Murder Of Roommate

Baltimore County Police said a 47-year-old man murdered his roommate on Thursday night.

Police responded to a report of a dispute in the unit block of Walden Cypress Court. At the scene, the responding officers observed a 47-year-old man performing CPR on another man.

Murdered RoommateA preliminary investigation revealed that a verbal altercation between the roommates escalated into a violent physical fight. The 47-year-old man who was later identified as Calvin Fernanda Phair strangled the victim, 39-year-old Elijah McKeith Smalls, with electrical cables until he went into cardiac arrest.

Police charged Phair with first-degree assault and first-degree murder. He is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center without bail.

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