For Immediate Release 3/21/2017
Northwest Baltimore—Delvonta Morten received a sentence of Life plus 35 years after being found guilty of the 1st Degree murder of Kevin Cannady and three handgun violations in January 2017. Assistant State’s Attorney Angela Diehl prosecuted the case.
On September 21, 2015, police responded to the 4800 block of Cordelia Ave near the border of Northwest Baltimore’s Langston Hughes and Central Park Heights neighborhoods. Responding officers discovered Cannady lying unresponsive, suffering from a gunshot wound to the back of his neck. Cannady later died from his injury.
Police received several 911 calls immediately following the shooting, alerting police that two men—one seen wearing a black hoodie with a white design and a second seen wearing a burgundy jacket—had hidden a gun in an alley near the scene of the shooting.
Investigators canvassed the area and found the murder weapon. Through the course of the investigation, police learned that Morten was seen on camera inside a convenience store near the crime scene approximately one hour before the shooting. Morten was wearing a black hoodie with a white design. CCTV footage also captured a man in a black hoodie with a white design shooting Cannady and fleeing the scene.
When questioned by homicide detectives, Morten admitted that he was in fact in the convenience store wearing the black hoodie with the white design on camera. However, he told investigators that he gave his hoodie to someone else sometime before the shooting occurred.
Police also obtained a warrant to take a DNA sample from Morten. At trial, the State’s expert witness testified that the DNA found on the gun at the scene of the crime matched Morten’s.
“The deliverance of true justice is deliberate and seldom swift—unlike the ‘street justice’ we see doled out in our communities lately,” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said. “I want the public to know we heard your demand for justice during the violent crime wave of 2015—and our talented team of prosecutors are delivering on our oath to maintain public safety by securing lengthy sentences for violent criminals.”