Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

January 14, 2013 -- A Baltimore City Circuit Court jury convicted Anthony Cole today of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, two counts of handgun use in a crime of violence, and possession of a regulated firearm by a prohibited person for shooting at his wife and killing a bystander during the course of a domestic dispute.

On April 14, 2012, Cole rode his bicycle to the 1900 block of Etting Street, stopped, got off, and approached his estranged wife. He smacked her in her face and exchanged words with her. A man seated next to her stood up and began walking away, not wanting to get involved in the dispute. Cole turned and shot the man twice as he attempted to walk away, killing him. Cole then turned to his wife and fired at least three shots at her. He missed, and she escaped, fleeing into a nearby house. Cole then got on his bike and rode off.

Scheduled for sentencing on March 4, 2013, Cole, 30, faces a maximum sentence of two life terms plus 55 years in prison.

Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Wilson prosecuted the case.