Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

For Immediate Release 1/31/2017

West Baltimore— Trannie Hayes was sentenced to the maximum penalty of 50 years in prison for the Second Degree Murder of Eddie Blick and for using a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence.

Assistant State’s Attorney Charles Fitzpatrick prosecuted the case.

On November 14, 2013 at approximately 4:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of Laurens Street in West Baltimore’s Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood, police responded after a shooting was reported. First responders found Eddie Blick suffering from several gunshot wounds. He was shot seven times—once in the head, three times in the back, once in the upper leg, and twice in his left arm. Blick was transported to Maryland Shock Trauma, where he was pronounced dead.

Surveillance cameras from multiple businesses in the area caught the shooting on tape. The footage shows Hayes approach Blick and opened fire. Hayes then flees the area in a dark-colored car.

Just over a month after Blick was murdered, an eye witness to the shooting was developed. In a taped interview, the witness identified himself as a bystander on the security camera footage of Blick’s murder. The witness also identified Trannie Hayes as the shooter.

“Through the diligence and perseverance of our investigators and the Baltimore Police Department, justice was served and a violent murderer will spend the next 50 years in prison,” said Assistant State’s Attorney Fitzpatrick.

Although the witness recanted on the stand, the judge admitted the taped statement recorded by the police and identification of Hayes into evidence. As a result, Hayes was convicted.

“Witness cooperation is essential to the investigation of the majority of our cases,” said Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “I appreciate the hard work and dedication of Charles who was able to secure this conviction even after the witness recanted.”