For Immediate Release 1/27/2017
Davon Temple was sentenced this week to 50 years in prison for the second degree murder of James McKoy. Temple was also convicted and sentenced for using a handgun in a crime of violence and illegally transporting a handgun. Gun Violence Enforcement Division (GVED) Chief Charles Blomquist and GVED Team Captain Christine Celeste successfully tried and convicted Temple.
On May 22, 2015, just before midnight, police responded to a report of a shooting in the 1900 block of Wilhelm Street in West Baltimore’s Carrolton Ridge neighborhood. Police found Temple, McKoy, and McKoy’s associate suffering from gunshot wounds. McKoy and the associate were shot in the head. Temple was bleeding from his throat. McKoy was pronounced dead at Maryland Shock Trauma the following day.
Temple, who was rushed into surgery on the night of the shooting, said that his injuries were the result of a robbery when questioned by the Baltimore Police homicide detectives.
However, days after the shooting, investigators received a call from a man who had found a gun in his backyard. After retrieving the gun, police discovered blood on it. DNA testing later revealed that the blood sample matched Temple.
Detective Brian Kershaw believed Temple’s injury was caused by his own bullet. GVED Chief Blomquist turned to experts to investigate Kershaw’s theory.
“I consulted with the Medical Examiner and firearms experts who both agreed that there was a strong likelihood that Temple’s injuries were sustained as a result of a ricocheted bullet he had fired at his victims,” Blomquist said.
The State argued at trial that Temple reached up to check his wound with the gun still in his hand, leaving his blood on the weapon. The State believed that Temple tossed his weapon over a fence shortly before he collapsed at the scene of the crime.
"Convicting violent offenders has been and will continue to be our top priority. Working alongside of BPD, we've strenuously labored to identify, take to trial and convict, the crime drivers in this city,” Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said. “And this latest trigger puller conviction is yet another example of our collaborative commitment to hold repeat offenders accountable for their actions and permanently remove them from our communities.”
Temple was convicted of a handgun crime in 2008.