Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

Witness Testimony and Security Footage Identify the Killer

West Baltimore, Maryland (October 1, 2018)  Terrell Gibson was convicted after trial by jury of First Degree Murder and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Crime of Violence in the 2017 fatal shooting death of the victim, Dionay Smith.

Assistant State’s Attorney Adam Lane Chaudry of the Homicide Unit prosecuted the Case. 

“Sadly Dionay Smith was executed not by a stranger, but by an individual that he knew and associated with, "said ASA Chaudry. “This was a senseless and horrendous act for which the jury has now held the Defendant accountable for. Justice has been served.”

On the evening of July 2nd, 2017 Baltimore City Police responded to 1401 Argyle Avenue – Apt. 1A for a report of a suspicious death. The Victim identified as Dionay Smith was pronounced deceased on scene and found to be suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the head. During the investigation it was discovered that security cameras were mounted in the first floor hallway of the building. Upon viewing footage from the security cameras, Homicide Detectives saw an individual later identified as the Defendant, Terrell Gibson, carrying a pistol grip shotgun which was pulled from a distinctive bag Gibson had worn across his chest. He was also observed pacing back and forth in the first floor hallway. 

Prior to the discovery of the Mr. Smith’s body by witnesses later in the evening, the video captured Gibson running through the hallway towards the front door of the residence stuffing the pistol grip shotgun into his front waistband area. Further video footage captured Gibson returning to the scene on two separate occasions. The second occasion which occurred approximately one hour later to retrieve the distinctive bag believed to originally have concealed the shotgun. It was at this time that the Defendant confronted a witness and tried to get the person to enter Smith’s apartment. Fearing for his own life, the witness fled to an upstairs apartment where calls to 911 were placed. Once the witness was out of view, Gibson entered Mr. Smith’s apartment and was later captured on video camera fleeing from the location holding the bunched up distinctive bag in his hand. Witnesses interviewed positively identified Terrell Gibson as the same individual as seen on the video and in the hallway. 

 “The brave witnesses that came forward in this case are prime examples of how we can combat the ‘stop snitching’ mentality that plagues our criminal justice system and work hand in hand with the community to pursue justice,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “This murder impacted our city and the family of Dionay Smith in ways unimaginable and I hope that we continue to heal and learn from this horrible endeavor.”

Gibson is to be sentenced on Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 at 9:30 AM before the Honorable Gregory Sampson and faces a maximum sentence of LIFE plus 20 years.

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 Contact: Melba Saunders  Phone: (443) 984-6078 Email: msaunders@stattorney.org