For Immediate Release 7/31/2017
East Baltimore—Marion Daughton, dubbed Public Enemy #1 by Baltimore Police in September of 2016, was found guilty of two counts of attempted second degree murder and two counts of using a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence. Baltimore City jurors also found Daughton guilty of possessing a regulated firearm after being convicted of a disqualifying crime.
Assistant State’s Attorney (ASA) Michael Dunty prosecuted the case.
Daughton had been involved in an ongoing dispute with two women during the summer of 2016. On September 5, 2016, tensions between Daughton and her associates and the two women and their associates culminated in a standoff at the 2600 block of East Monument Street in East Baltimore’s Madison-Eastend neighborhood.
The two groups confronted one another and began arguing. The crowd then moved to a side street where weapons were eventually drawn and a shootout ensued.
“It’s absurd that fistfights are escalating to gun battles on our streets, where young people are indiscriminately losing their lives.” State’s Attorney Mosby said.
Daniel Smalls was killed in the altercation. Two women—who were not armed—were shot as well.
An investigation revealed that Daughton was responsible for shooting the two women.
“Thanks to the ‘street code of silence’, these types of cases are extremely difficult to prove,” said State’s Attorney Mosby. “Therefore, I applaud the perseverance of ASA Dunty in securing this conviction against a violent individual with no regard for human life.”
Daughton faces 115 years in prison as a result of her conviction. Her sentencing hearing is scheduled for August 15, 2017.
Since 2014, the Baltimore Police Department has designated the perpetrators of various high-profile violent crimes as Public Enemy #1. Daughton is one of approximately 10 such defendants convicted under this administration.