For Immediate Release 5/18/15
Shelton “Six Nine” Burris— also known as Tyrone Burris— was found guilty of second-degree murder of former Baltimore Department of Public Works employee, Hubert Dickerson. Burris was also found guilty of weapon charges in connection to the murder.
The Black Guerilla Family Gang (BGF) hitman faces 50 years in prison. Assistant State’s Attorney Rita Wisthoff-Ito prosecuted the case.
“Our prosecutors have one of the toughest jobs in America. This verdict is a testament the fact that violent repeat offenders will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, no matter how many times we have to try a case—no matter how many obstacles our prosecutors must overcome,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “In this office, our pursuit of Justice is relentless. Justice will always prevail."
On February 21st, 2009, Dickerson was leaving a nearby bar when he was shot multiple times in the 2500 block of W. Baltimore Street in the Shipley Hill neighborhood of Southwest Baltimore. Investigators later learned that Dickerson’s murder was over a debt owed to another BGF member. Dickerson was a city worker and a father of three children.
Wisthoff-Ito previously prosecuted Burris for Dickerson’s murder. The jury found him guilty but the conviction was later overturned by the Maryland Court of Appeals because of issues related to the testimony of a gang expert. Wisthoff-Ito tried the case for a second time without the gang expert’s testimony and secured a second murder conviction.
“The older these cases get, the more difficult they are to try.” Wisthoff-Ito said about having to try the case twice. “But I’m thankful we were able to get a known BGF hitman off of our streets.”