For Immediate Release 3/3/2015
A Fourth of July family barbecue in 2013 was interrupted by a hail of gunfire. Fortunately for the attendees no one was hurt. Tuesday, a jury convicted Deandre Easley of attempted first degree murder and several weapons charges for his role in the July 4th incident.
The shooting took place at a single family home in the 4900 block of Poe Avenue in the Cylburn neighborhood of Northwest Baltimore. According to law enforcement, days prior to the incident Easley assaulted his girlfriend. When Easley arrived at the bar-b-que— hosted by his girlfriend’s grandmother— he was immediately confronted and assaulted by his girlfriend’s brother, Maron Matthews.
Easley left the party and returned approximately three hours later to confront Matthews. Easley stood on the sidewalk in front of the fence-line of the property. Matthews’ mother Brenae Umeozulu came to the fence-line to diffuse the situation. Matthews followed his mother.
Easley, standing an arm’s length away from Umeozulu and Matthews, revealed a .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun and pulled the trigger. The gun jammed, and Matthews, Umeozulu and the partygoers who were in the front yard at the time of the confrontation fled away from the fence and toward the house.
While Easley was trying to unjam his weapon, two to three of his associates who had been standing out of view opened fire on the house. Easley managed to rack his gun and fire a single shot in the direction of his intended target. Investigators were unable to identify the other shooters.
Assistant State’s Attorney, Patrick Seidel, prosecuted the case. Easley faces life in prison, and is scheduled for sentencing on May 4, 2015.
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