For Immediate Release 7/26/2017
South Baltimore—In August of 2016, Donnell Walker was convicted of first degree murder, use of a handgun in the commissioner of a crime of violence, and reckless endangerment for executing Victor Gwaltney and shooting another man. Walker was sentenced to Life in prison, suspend all but 50 years, for first degree murder plus an additional 15 years—to be served concurrently—for using a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence in October of 2016. Subsequently, Walker filed an appeal, alleging procedural errors during the trial; however, the Court of Special Appeals denied his appeal and affirmed his conviction.
Assistant State’s Attorney Michael J. Dunty prosecuted this case.
On March 25, 2015, at approximately 2:00 p.m. in the 4100 block of 10th Street in Baltimore’s Brooklyn neighborhood, Donnell Walker was seen by a witness handling a gun.
Walker, who was on a bicycle, rode over to a crowd standing in the roadway and shot Gwaltney in the head. When the victim fell to the ground, Walker shot him several more times in the head and body. In total, Gwaltney suffered six gunshot wounds—three in the head and three in the upper body.
As the crowd scattered, Walker shot another man, who survived. Walker then fled the area.
Walker’s DNA was located on the bicycle, which was left at the scene of the shooting. Investigators also developed witnesses who confirmed Walker’s identity and his role in the shooting.
“The prosecutors within this office work tirelessly to obtain convictions and strong sentences for those who perpetuate crime in our beloved city, and we are delighted to know that the Court of Special Appeals affirmed the conviction of this murderer, ” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.
The Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City has maintained an over 80 percent homicide conviction rate since 2015.
For more information about Donnell Walker’s appeal proceedings, please click here.