Jury finds man guilty for his involvement in fatal parking lot dispute
Northeast Baltimore (December 13, 2019) - Today, Judge Yolanda Tanner sentenced Karl Peck to the maximum penalty of 10 years for voluntary manslaughter and 20 years suspending all but 7 years with 5 years of probation for use of a handgun in commission of a crime of violence to run consecutive.
Assistant State’s Attorney Shaundria Hanna prosecuted this case.
At approximately 1:42pm, on November 30, 2018, an officer was on routine patrol in the 5000 block of Reisterstown road when he was flagged down by an unknown citizen. The citizen informed the officer that someone had been shot nearby at the Hilltop Shopping Center. In the parking lot of the shopping center, the police located a black vehicle with the door open. Inside, the victim -- later identified as Walter Paige -- was found suffering from a single gunshot wound. Medics arrived on the scene and transported the victim to Sinai hospital, where despite medical efforts, he was pronounced deceased at 2:00pm. Detectives collected evidence from the crime scene which included: a brown baseball hat, green knit hat, one brass .38 shell casing and the victim’s car. On December 01, 2018, an autopsy was performed on Mr. Paige which concluded that his death was ruled a homicide by shooting.
According to an eyewitness, a white male (wearing a white long sleeve shirt, brown baseball hat, dark jeans and a long reddish beard) exited the driver seat of the Hyundai Elantra. The victim exited his vehicle and the two men got into a verbal altercation. A black male (wearing a blue windbreaker jacket, dark pants, gray hoodie and a black mask) ran towards the group with his right hand in his pocket. The black male and the white male began to physically assault the victim by pushing and stomping him. The victim was subsequently shot. The white male and the black male fled on foot together and were observed running towards the 5500 block of Minnoka Avenue.
During the course of this investigation detectives were able to interview witnesses and review multiple surveillance systems in and around the crime scene which assisted detectives in identifying the defendant, Karl Peck as the white male involved in the murder of Mr. Paige.
“A verbal dispute is not worth taking someone’s life or endangering innocent citizens and businesses. The defendant's actions were unacceptable and he will deservedly be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law for his malicious crime," said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.
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