For Immediate Release 6/1/2017
West Baltimore— Alvin Spriggs was convicted of first degree murder, using a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence, and possessing a firearm as a disqualified person. Spriggs was accused of ambushing 23-year-old Todd Dillard outside of a local business. Keasha Hannah, who drove Spriggs away from the crime scene immediately after the shooting, was convicted of being an accessory to the murder after the fact.
Assistant State’s Attorney (ASA) Elizabeth Stock prosecuted the case.
On July 24, 2016 at approximately 3:00 p.m., police were called to the 600 block of North Pulaski Street in West Baltimore’s Midtown-Edmondson neighborhood. Upon arrival, police found Dillard suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Dillard was transported to Maryland Shock Trauma, where he was pronounced dead.
Investigators developed several witnesses who said Dillard—at the time of the shooting—had exited a local business and began walking down Pulaski Street. He was followed by a slow moving vehicle as soon as he left the business. Dillard was then ambushed along Pulaski Street by Spriggs, who fired several shots at Dillard as Dillard tried to escape.
“Without the cooperation of several 911 callers, we never would have secured the convictions we did,” said ASA Stock. “It takes a tremendous amount of courage to cooperate with a police investigation when something happens in your own neighborhood. Without citizens who are brave enough to stand up to the violence, the cycle will continue. I am so grateful to those citizens.”
According to witnesses, Dillard fell to the ground and Spriggs continued to shoot. Once Spriggs was finished, Spriggs was picked up by the vehicle that initially followed Dillard as Dillard walked along Pulaski Street. The vehicle was driven by Hannah.
Hannah was identified by photo array as the driver of the “getaway” vehicle.
“This was a disgusting pre-meditated murder, and I pray that Mr. Dillard’s family is able to find solace that justice was done in this case,” State’s Attorney Mosby said. “If you play any part in taking a human life, you will be held accountable.”
Spriggs faces a maximum of Life plus 35 years in prison for his crimes, while Hannah faces 10 years in prison for her role. Both are scheduled for sentencing on July 26, 2017.