Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

For Immediate Release 4/16/15

Darrin Ruffin was sentenced today to 25 years in prison for murdering his wife, Melissa Davis, with a kitchen knife in their apartment in Greenmount West. The sentence was handed down by Judge Shar after a jury found Ruffin guilty of second-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon last October. Assistant State’s Attorney Michelle Wilson prosecuted the case.

 Ruffin got into an argument with Davis in January of 2013. Davis called the police, and Ruffin was taken into custody. Ruffin was released by the court on his own recognizance after signing a “stay away order” barring him from returning to the apartment.

Ruffin ignored the court order and walked home. When he arrived, he found a man in his home and  Ruffin asked the man to leave- the man complied. As soon as the man left Ruffin brutally stabbed and cut Davis more than a dozen times with a kitchen knife he had hidden up his sleeve.

After the attack, Ruffin left the home, contacted 911 and then turned himself in to the police.

“Ruffin had a history of domestic violence. He had four open cases in Massachusetts of domestic violence against his wife at the time of her murder. This relationship was clearly on an escalating path of violence.” Wilson said. “We have to change the perception that [domestic violence victims] are somehow at fault, Ruffin had absolutely no right to be in that home.”

Baltimore City State’s Attorney, Marilyn Mosby, is a staunch advocate for women and was especially vocal on domestic violence and sexual assault issues during this year’s legislative session.

“I want to congratulate Michelle for the fine work she did on this case. Cases like these break my heart. We must do all that we can to protect women and children in their homes. The justice system has a duty to prevent these deaths by acting swiftly and aggressively against assaults and threats that occur inside the home.” Mosby said.

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