For Immediate Release 1/29/2015
On January 14, 2015, a Baltimore City jury found Alvin Kelley Jr., 27, guilty of 2nd degree murder and use of a handgun during a crime of violence in relation to the death of Jefferie Allen Thomas, Jr. The shooting occurred on August 4, 2012, in the 3000 block of W. Garrison Avenue in Baltimore City.
Sentencing is scheduled for March 4, 2015 before Judge M. Brooke Murdock who presided over the four day trial. Det. David Moynihan of the Homicide Division of the Baltimore City Police Department investigated the murder and Sharon R. Holback, Assistant State’s Attorney, prosecuted the case.
During the trial, the jury heard evidence that the victim was shot three times -in the back of the head, the upper back and through his right hand. The prosecution argued that Thomas may have been shot execution style with his hands behind his head and on his knees. The State pointed to the fact that there were no impact wounds from Thomas’ fall to the concrete, that there was evidence that one bullet, which was fired at close range, entered the back of the victim’s right hand and exited through his palm and that only two bullets were recovered though there were three gunshot wounds. In addition, the jury heard testimony that the murder weapon was found in Kelley’s car when he was arrested in an unrelated matter nineteen days after the killing. Evidence was presented that, as part of a gang initiation, Kelley was ordered to shoot the victim.
Holback had much praise for Baltimore Police Department Det. David Moynihan who obtained a confession from Kelly during questioning with assistance from his partner, Det. Thomas Jackson.
“The detectives did a great job. The defendant was brought in for a recorded interview and eventually confessed to shooting Mr. Thomas.” Holback said.
The confession, which withstood a pretrial motion from Kelly’s attorney to be thrown out, was a key component of the case.
“This is what a productive partnership within law enforcement looks like. The police department did an excellent job investigating this case and securing a confession—and Sharon sealed the deal. Public executions have no place in our society, and I hope that this conviction sends a message loud and clear to any current and potential gang members in Baltimore.” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said.
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