Even in the absence of eyewitness testimony, the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office secured the conviction yesterday of Dominick Brooks, 26, for murdering a man who, he believed, disrespected his girlfriend.
At approximately midnight on May 22, 2012, Brooks, a resident of an apartment building in the 600 block of N. Carey Street in Harlem Park, forced his way into another unit in the same building and repeatedly shot the occupant, Sylvester Rodgers, in the body and face. Brooks launched the attack shortly after hearing that Rodgers may have inappropriately touched his child’s mother, with whom Brooks was living at the time, on her buttocks.
Thirty minutes later, Brooks placed a phone call to his other girlfriend, during which he confessed to the shooting and asked her to help him escape. The woman refused to provide any assistance. When she declined to answer subsequent calls from Brooks, he left a voicemail message threatening her life.
Officers recovered a cell phone belonging to Brooks’ mother on the front steps of a vacant building just two doors away from the scene of the murder.
The jury convicted Rodgers of first-degree murder and use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence. Facing a maximum of life plus 20 years in prison, Brooks is scheduled for sentencing on June 18, 2014.
Assistant State’s Attorney Michelle K. Wilson prosecuted the case.