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24-year-old man convicted of murder, robbery in 2017 death of 15 year old

Posted at 4:38 PM, Apr 25, 2019

BALTIMORE — A 24-year-old man was found guilty of murder and armed robbery charges by a Baltimore jury in the 2017 slaying of a 15 year old in Harlem Park, the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office said in a statement released Thursday.

Craig Williams was convicted of first-degree felony murder, attempted armed robbery, and the use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence for the attempted robbery and murder of Tyrese Davis in the 1600 block of W. Franklin Street on Aug. 8, 2017.

Police responded to the shooting location at 1:21 a.m. on Aug. 8, where they found Davis lying in the alley bleeding from a gunshot wound to the head. He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma, where he succumbed to his injuries.

A witness to the shooting told police that he and Davis had been together until right before the shooting, prosecutors said. As he and Davis walked west on Franklin Street, a car pulled up, and a passenger stepped out of the car with a gun and said, “kick it out.” The witness and Davis then ran in different directions. The witness said he went back to look for Davis after hearing gunfire and found the 15 year old shot in the alley. A crime scene technician later found .45 caliber shell casings at the scene.

A week later, Baltimore County Police stopped a stolen car in which Williams was a passenger, moments after an attempted murder and carjacking occurred. Williams and the driver were identified but released before the incident was reported to police, prosecutors said.

On Aug. 19, 2017, Williams was arrested on a warrant. A .45 caliber handgun was found in his possession, and a firearms examiner determined the shell casings found at Davis’ murder scene were fired from Williams’ gun.

Williams faces a life sentence without the possibility of parole when he is sentenced on May 20.