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Baltimore, MD (May 20, 2021) - This week, a Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Cortez Johnson for the murder of Ivan Joseph Green, which occurred on April 17, 2021, on the 1900 block of Braddish Avenue. An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at trial.

Johnson has been charged with:

  1. First Degree Murder – Life
  2. Use of a Firearm in a Crime of Violence or Felony – 20 years with the first 5 years without the possibility of parole
  3. Wear, Carry, Transport Handgun on a Person – 3 years
  4. Transporting a Handgun in Vehicle – 3 years
  5. Possession of a Firearm Under the Age of 21 - 5 years

If convicted of all charges, Johnson faces a potential maximum sentence of Life plus 28 years.

The investigation revealed that on April 17, 2021, at approximately 7:36 p.m., Baltimore Police Department (BPD) officers responded to a reported homicide on the 1900 block of Braddish Avenue. According to court documents, the suspect, Cortez Johnson, called 9-1-1 while riding public transportation to report that he “just killed someone.”

Officers located the bus on the 200 block of N. Hilton Street. As they approached the bus, the suspect, Cortez Johnson, allegedly walked towards officers with his arms placed out in front and told the officers to “Cuff me up, you already know.” Officers arrested the suspect, and he reportedly advised the officers to retrieve the victim’s body from the 1904 Braddish Avenue residence.

According to court documents, officers later found the victim, Ivan Green, suffering from a gunshot wound in the kitchen at the Braddish Avenue location. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Cortez Johnson waived his Miranda rights during questioning and purportedly admitted to shooting the victim, Ivan Green.

I appreciate the hard work of the Baltimore Police Department in safely executing this arrest without incident,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “The violence, such as that alleged, will not be tolerated, which is why my office will continue to hold those alleged to commit such acts accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”

An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at trial.