For Immediate Release 1/24/2017
Tshibangu Kazadi was convicted of the second degree murder of Brandon Smith and the use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence. He faces 50 years in prison for his crimes. This conviction was due in large part to the diligence of the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) and the cooperation of witnesses through the support of the Victim-Witness Services Unit within the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City (SAO).
Assistant State’s Attorney Traci Robinson prosecuted the case.
On August 18, 2015 at approximately 8:00 p.m., officers responded to a call for a shooting in the 200 block of North Conkling Street in the Baltimore Highlands neighborhood. Officers found Smith in an alley, suffering from several gunshot wounds. Smith was transported to Bayview Hospital where he later died from his injuries.
Investigators were able to locate witnesses to the shooting—which proved instrumental to the State’s case against Kazadi, whose defense team asserted that Kazadi was not the individual who shot and killed Smith.
The witnesses in the Kazadi case received assistance from the SAO’s Victim-Witness Services Unit from the outset of the investigation through the end of trial. The Victim-Witness Services Unit has the capacity to facilitate relocation services, financial assistance, grief counseling, bi-lingual translation, and victim-witness advocacy.
“With the new programs and initiatives launched under State’s Attorney Mosby, our Unit has been working closer to reconnect the community with law enforcement,” said Arcelia Greene, Director of the Victim-Witness Services Unit.
Under the leadership of State’s Attorney Mosby, the Victim-Witness Unit has doubled after being awarded a $2.4 million grant in November of 2016 through the Victim of Crime Act— the largest grant ever received by the office.
“If we seriously want to rid our communities of violent offenders, we need the assistance of the community,” said Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “We will continue to work hard to foster witness trust and to believe that this office will do everything within our power to keep them from harm or retaliation. We will also continue to work closely with the police and the community to continue our efforts to safeguard our witnesses.”
Kazadi is scheduled for sentencing April 18, 2017.