Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

For Immediate Release 6/16/2017

East Baltimore— A jury found 30-year-old Ignatius Lawrence Jr. guilty of First Degree Murder, Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Murder, and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Crime of Violence; as well as Wear, Carry and Transport of a Handgun and Possession of a Regulated Firearm after being convicted of a disqualifying crime.

Assistant State’s Attorney Michael J. Dunty prosecuted the case.

On Tuesday, March 15, 2016, a Baltimore Police officer was flagged over to Rod’s Barbershop on the 2400 block of E. Monument Street, where a man was discovered inside suffering from gunshot wounds to the head and back. The crime scene, located on the first floor of the barbershop, consisted of two 9mm cartridge casings and a blood trail leading upstairs to the location of the victim, 45-year-old Kenneth Collins, an employee of the barbershop. Collins was transported to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

During the investigation, a witness identified the shooter as a man wearing a teal cap. Police reviewed City Watch surveillance footage from the shooting and observed a man wearing a teal baseball cap leaving the barbershop after the shooting. The only other occupant of the barbershop was the victim who was closing up the barbershop for the night. The witness further indicated that as the shooter left the barbershop area, he joined up with a second man, 31-year-old Andre Mosby, and left the area together. Investigation showed that there was an ongoing dispute between Collins and Andre Mosby, also known as “the BGE Dude,” because Mosby tampered with residential BGE meters to avoid the generation of a bill. The victim paid Mosby $350 to fix his meter. However, BGE investigators discovered the issue. Mosby re-connected the meter again, but wanted an additional payment. This caused tension between Mosby and the victim.

The police determined that after the homicide Mosby and Lawrence switched automobiles from a Ford Expedition to a Corvette. Once the Ford was located, police found a 9mm cartridge behind the driver’s seat which was made by the same manufacturer as the two cartridge casings found at the crime scene.

“The senseless violence that continues to take place in our city which is all too often rooted in minor disputes must come to an end,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “We will continue to be aggressive in our efforts to convict the perpetrators of these heinous acts, sending a clear message to the criminal element that these senseless killings will not be tolerated. My thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of Kenneth Collins as they try to heal from his untimely death.”  

Ignatius Lawrence Jr. is scheduled for sentencing on October 11, 2017 and faces two life sentences plus 35 years in prison.

Andre Mosby’s trail is set for trial on September 18, 2017. He is charged with First Degree Murder, Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Murder, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Crime of Violence; as well as Wear, Carry, or Transport of a Handgun. He faces two life sentences plus twenty years if found guilty.