For Immediate Release 5/3/2017
Northwest Baltimore— Damon Stansbury was convicted by a Baltimore City jury of the second degree murder of Nathan Walker, Jr., using a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence, and being a prohibited person in the possession of a firearm.
Assistant State’s Attorney Kurt Bjorklund prosecuted the case.
On April 22, 2016, at approximately 8:00 p.m., police were called to the 3400 block of Reisterstown Road in Northwest Baltimore’s Park Circle neighborhood, where Officer Christopher Nunn discovered Walker suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Walker was later pronounced dead and an autopsy concluded that he was shot seven times—including three wounds to the head.
According to a witness, the victim was walking along Reisterstown Road when he was confronted by Stansbury, who opened fire on Walker. Walker returned fire. Both men were struck in the exchange.
At some point during the altercation, an accomplice of Stansbury picked up his gun, walked over to Walker, and shot him several times at close range. The accomplice then took Stansbury to Sinai Hospital for treatment.
“The first time I tried this case it ended in a hung jury,” Assistant State’s Attorney Bjorklund said. “We redoubled our efforts and were able to crystallize the evidence the second time around.”
Stansbury faces up to 65 years in prison at his sentencing hearing on September 5, 2017.
Stansbury was previously convicted of first degree assault in 2009 for striking his ex-girlfriend in the head with an aluminum baseball bat.
“Justice should be meted out in the courtroom—not on our public sidewalks,” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said. “The defendant obviously has a penchant for violence and no regard for the lives of others. He does not deserve to live in our community.”