Baltimore (March 3, 2021) - Today, a Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Ernest Ford for aiding in the fatal shooting of Frankye Duckett on January 29, 2021. An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at trial.
Ford has been charged with:
1. First Degree Murder – Life
2. Use of Firearm in crime of violence – 20 years, first 5 years without parole
3. Transporting handgun in Vehicle – 3 years
4. Conspiracy to commit first degree murder that resulted in the death of victim – Life.
If convicted of all charges, Ford faces a maximum of life plus 23 years.
The investigation revealed that on January 29, 2021, at approximately 5:07 P.M., Northeast District BPD Patrol Officers responded to the 4400 block of Moravia Road for a reported shooting. Court documents detail that upon arrival, BPD officers located the victim, Frankye Duckett, suffering from apparent multiple gunshot wounds inside an MTA Mobility vehicle. The victim was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after.
According to court documents, security camera footage within the vehicle showed the victim was the driver when a beige Buick Lesabre approached and its passenger exited. The Buick passenger rushed towards the MTA Mobility vehicle and discharged a handgun through the window at Mr. Duckett in the driver's seat. The passenger returned to the Buick after firing multiple rounds through the victim's vehicle and the Buick fled the scene.
Pursuant to the ongoing investigation, detectives were able to obtain video surveillance footage within the mobility vehicle prior to the shooting that shows an elderly woman getting picked up on Mulberry Street where she is waiting with a younger man. The man and the victim allegedly engage in a heated argument at the bus stop. During her ride, the elderly woman allegedly tells the driver the man he argued with is her grandson, "Poteat." According to court documents, the man's full name is Marquis Poteat whose clothing during the argument with the driver allegedly matched the clothing worn by the shooter at the Moravia Road stop. Police dispatched to Poteat's Mulberry Street residence where a beige Buick Lesabre was seen leaving. Police pulled over the vehicle and discovered Ernest Ford allegedly was the driver.
The vehicle was secured and towed to the Baltimore Crime Lab and Ford was taken in for questioning. According to court documents, Ford confirmed the vehicle was the same one used in the shooting and that he was allegedly approached by an individual on 1200 W. Mulberry Street who allegedly instructed him to drive to Moravia Road where the shooting occurred. He then allegedly drove that individual away from the scene and dropped him downtown. Anyone with information about the location of Marquis Poteat should call police or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-756-2587.
"Brazen acts of senseless violence against hard-working productive members of our community are totally unacceptable and my office will continue to fight relentlessly on their behalf in our pursuit of justice,” said State’s Attorney Mosby.
An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at trial.