Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

May 14, 2014 -- The Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office secured the conviction today of Tavon Barnett, 21, for killing a man in his Northeast Baltimore home and then trying to shoot the victim’s wife and children who were also present at the time of the attack.

At approximately 2:30 p.m. on November 3, 2012, police responded to reports of a shooting in the 1200 block of Linworth Avenue, located in the New Northwood neighborhood, and found Terrence Seale lying on the kitchen floor, suffering from several gunshot wounds to his head, torso, and left hand. Seale was pronounced dead at the scene.  

The investigation revealed that Barnett went to Seale’s apartment that afternoon to buy marijuana. As the deal was being brokered in the kitchen, Seale’s wife was in her bedroom getting ready for a job interview and the couple’s two sons, ages 3 and 8, were playing in a nearby room. Seale’s wife testified that she heard her husband shout “no” several times before multiple gunshots were fired. She immediately rushed to the living room to shield her children. Barnett then pointed the handgun at her and her sons and pulled the trigger. Fortunately, the gun either malfunctioned or was out of bullets. Barnett fled the scene before police arrived. No marijuana was recovered from the victim’s apartment.

After three days of motions hearings, two days of trial testimony, and three and a half days of deliberations, the jury convicted Barnett of one count of first-degree murder, three counts of first-degree assault, and four counts of use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence.

Facing a maximum of life plus 135 years in prison, Barnett is scheduled for sentencing on July 25, 2014.  

Assistant State’s Attorney Angela Worthy prosecuted the case.