For Immediate Release 8/22/2017
Central Baltimore— Vincent Barefoot and Derrick Jackson were convicted of the murder of Tayvon Cokley. Barefoot was found guilty of first degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, using a firearm to commit a crime of violence, and illegally transporting a handgun. Jackson was convicted of first degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and being an accessory after the fact to murder.
Assistant State’s Attorney Charles Fitzpatrick prosecuted the case.
On December 5, 2016, at approximately 12:45 p.m. Officer Thomas Gross responded to the 100 block of North Eutaw Street when it was reported that firearms had been discharged in the area. Upon arrival, Officer Gross observed Cokley suffering from several gunshot wounds.
Officer Gross began administering CPR until paramedics arrived to transport Cokley to Shock Trauma. However, Cokley was later pronounced dead.
Video surveillance from the Hippodrome Theater captured Barefoot shooting Cokley. Barefoot and Jackson then fled south on Eutaw Street. The footage clearly showed their faces. Police distributed their images online and on television—which led to their identification.
“It is hard to fathom individuals being emboldened enough to commit a brazen murder in broad daylight on a Monday afternoon in the middle of downtown Baltimore,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “This sort of brazen callousness is completely unacceptable and yesterday's conviction is indicative of that fact."
Both men are scheduled to be sentenced on October 11, 2017. Each faces life in prison.