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Baltimore County man sentenced to life in prison for shooting death of ex-girlfriend in 2019

Posted at 4:37 PM, Sep 20, 2021
and last updated 2022-03-09 14:39:12-05

BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. — A 22-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison in the killing of his ex-girlfriend in 2019.

Christopher James Engles was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of then 20-year-old Taylor Webb.

Engles was also convicted of robbery with a dangerous or deadly weapon and use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence.

According to officials, in February 2019, just after 11 p.m., officers were called to the intersection of Hickory Falls Way and Hickory Hurst Drive in Perry Hall for shots fired. Officers found Webb shot and killed in a car.

Detectives learned that Webb had been in what family and friends would describe as a "dysfunctional relationship" with Engles.

Police said Webb was lured to the area by Engles. According to officials, Webb was texting with a friend seconds before Engles opened her car door and shot her twice.

Engles then took her cellphone, and according to officers, the text messages of the victim even noted that Engles was walking to her car, which were the last words of Webb.

Police tracked Engles phone to the scene of the crime and then found records of his phone in which Engles had discussed killing Webb.

“The senselessness of this brutal crime and the tragedy of another life lost to gun violence," Maryland State Attorney Scott Shellenberger said.“Ms. Webb was a trusting person who was killed for no reason.”

The police were able to discover a photograph, taken eleven days prior to the murder, of Engles holding a revolver which matches the one used in the shooting.

Engles was convicted of the crime on September 21, 2021.