Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

For Immediate Release 4/23/15

On October 22nd, 2013 Gwendolyn Johnson was shot and killed in the 800 block of Abbott Court, Latrobe Homes in Baltimore’s Old Town neighborhood. Wednesday, a jury convicted Brittany “Chops” Powers of first-degree murder and associated handgun crimes for killing Ms. Johnson. Powers was also convicted of the attempted first-degree murder of Cha-Donna Chase, as well as hand gun crimes.

The jury heard evidence that on the day of the murder Johnson and Powers had gotten into a physical altercation over $70. Powers left the site of the altercation and returned to Johnson and Chase’s residence in Latrobe Homes with a weapon. Powers confronted the two women, and after a brief exchange of words, pulled out a handgun and shot at the two women. Johnson was struck, and died as a result of her injuries.

“This case was a tragic and senseless loss of life that cannot and will not be tolerated in Baltimore. I am committed to prosecuting violent criminals to the fullest extent of the law. Unfortunately, the impact on both Chase and Johnson’s families will be felt for quite some time, yet we hope this prosecution will help in their grieving ," said State' Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who is committed to prosecuting violent criminals and seeking justice for the victims.

Powers is scheduled for sentencing on June 3rd at 12 noon.