For Immediate Release 6/14/2016
Omar McGee was convicted by a jury of first degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence, disqualified person in possession of a firearm, and conspiracy to murder in the homicide of Matthew Drake.
Drake was shot to death on July 4th, 2014, in the 3200 block of Chelsea Terrace. Assistant State’s Attorney Gerard Volatile successfully prosecuted this case.
On July 4, 2014, security cameras captured McGee jumping out of a car and shooting at Drake as he chased him. Drake was shot seven times; a majority of the shots were to his head. Investigators believe Drake was murdered for being accused of stealing from drug dealers. He died at the scene.
At the scene of the crime a hat was recovered, from which the DNA of McGee was extracted. He was also identified by an eyewitness who picked him out of a photo array shortly after the murder.
“The drug trade in our city continues to contribute to the senseless violence and bloodshed that has become all too common,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “I am grateful the jurors looked at this case and understood the duty they had to make sure this violent perpetrator could not cause any more terror on our streets.”
McGhee served time for manslaughter in 2008. He is currently serving a federal prison sentence for a handgun conviction.