BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Danjuan McBride, 24, was found guilty of first-degree murder in the retaliatory murder of Tavonte Briggs, who was shot during a mid-afternoon dice game in 2020, the Baltimore State Attorney’s Office said.
At approximately 12:40 p.m. on July 25, 2020, McBride fired at Briggs at 300 S. Franklintown Road.
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Briggs fled, but McBride gave chase and fired several more times until the victim collapsed, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors say McBride’s mother and stepmother privately told detectives that he confessed to the murders, and cell tower analysis placed him at the murder scene.
Prosecutors said he was also convicted of two handgun charges and faces a life sentence of 35 years.
According to court records, a sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.
Additionally, the state attorney’s office announced Wednesday that Kenneth Sommers was found guilty of first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment in the “brutal” 2020 beating for a man in the vicinity of Cedmont.
Officers responded at the 4200 block of Kolb Avenue to a reported assault on 12 August 2020 at around 4:13 pm, and found a man bleeding profusely.
Sommers later told detectives that he used the car’s side mirror and a can of air freshener to hit the victim. Prosecutors said those items were recovered in Somers’ truck.
According to authorities, Sommers encountered the victim while he was in his car and asked him to get out. Prosecutors said that when he failed to do so, Sommers pulled the man away and began assaulting him.
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When police arrived on the scene, Sommers said to the man, “Hey, have you seen? Did you see? I want you to look at me quickly so you can remember me,” before kicking him in the head. he.
Prosecutors said he later claimed, “I wish I could honestly kill him.”
“Send a clear message today that my office remains fully committed to prosecuting those responsible for bringing this senseless violence onto our streets. We will not tolerate violent individuals who display a blatant and bold disregard for human decency,” said Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby.
In the Sommers case, one of the response officers, Christopher Nguyen, was charged last August with dangerous conduct and reckless misconduct in the office for allegedly failing to protect victims. do not react.
Just before Sommers kicked the man, Nguyen “did not take any action because the suspect ignored the officer’s questions, got out of his truck and walked over to the victim lying motionless and bleeding on the sidewalk,” Mosby’s office alleges.
According to court records, the Sommers sometimes used the surname “Somers,” which is how the Baltimore State Attorney spelled it in an earlier press release.
“Our Public Trust and Police Integrity Unit continues to hold law enforcement accountable for their actions just as any other prosecutor in our office does. occurs when an offense is alleged in the community,” Mosby said at the time. “I take pride in the work of the Unit as they ensure accountability, professionalism, and badge integrity.”
In a letter to members, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge President No. 3, Sgt. Mike Mancuso claims the officer was charged “by our Social Acting State Attorney” without testimony from the Department of Public Integrity or crime investigators.
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According to court records, Nguyen’s trial is scheduled to begin August 15.
https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/03/23/24-year-old-man-convicted-in-2020-murder-at-dice-game-prosecutors-say/ According to prosecutors, 24-year-old man convicted in 2020 of dice game murder – CBS Baltimore