For Immediate Release 1/27/2017
Northwest Baltimore—Today, a jury found Delvonta Morten guilty of the 1st Degree murder of Kevin Cannady, as well as 3-handgun violations including the use of a handgun during the commission of a crime of violence and use of a handgun by a prohibited person. Morten is now facing life imprisonment. Assistant State’s Attorney Angela Diehl prosecuted the case.
On September 21, 2015, police responded to the 4800 block of Cordelia Ave near the border of Northwest Baltimore’s Langston Hughes and Central Park Heights neighborhoods. Responding officers discovered Cannady lying unresponsive, suffering from a gunshot wound to the back of his neck. Cannady later died from his injury.
Police received several 911 calls immediately following the shooting, alerting police that two men—one seen wearing a black hoodie with a white design and a second seen wearing a burgundy jacket—had hidden a gun in an alley near the scene of the shooting.
Investigators canvassed the area and found the murder weapon. They also found surveillance footage from local businesses that captured the shooting on CCTV. Through the course of the investigation, police learned that Morten was seen on camera inside a convenience store near the crime scene approximately one hour before the shooting. Morten was wearing a black hoodie with a white design. CCTV footage also captured a man in a black hoodie with a white design shooting Cannady and fleeing the scene.
When questioned by homicide detectives, Morten admitted that he was in fact in the convenience store wearing the black hoodie with the white design on camera. However, he told investigators that he gave his hoodie to someone else sometime before the shooting occurred.
Police also obtained a warrant to take a DNA sample from Morten. At trial, the State’s expert witness testified that the DNA found on the gun at the scene of the crime matched Morten’s.
The jury found Morten guilty of all charges. He faces a maximum sentence of Life in prison plus 35 years.
“I want the public to know that the violence we saw in 2015 is not going unpunished. I commend Angela for her steadfast diligence and great work on this case. I applaud the civil commitment of the witness who reported the gun, and the BPD for their criminal intelligence and investigative work, enabling us to secure the 1st Degree Murder on this case. This is the greatest demonstration of great teamwork within our criminal justice system —working hand-in-hand with police investigators, our prosecutors are able to sustain the public’s safety and trust.” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said.
Sentencing is scheduled for March 15, 2017.