Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

For Immediate Release 2/2/2015

Fifty year old, Charles Johnson, was beaten to death with what investigators believe to be a utility wrench in July of 2012. On Wednesday, James Pitts and Tyrell Brogden were found guilty of 2nd degree murder for beating Johnson—at total stranger to both Pitts and Brogden—to death in the 1800 block of W. North Ave. Assistant State’s Attorney Sharon Holback prosecuted the case.

At trial the jury heard evidence that police officers had stopped both Pitts and Brogden earlier in the evening for field interviews, identified them and then documented the stop. Johnson’s murder, which was partially caught by surveillance footage, took place in the same area that Pitts and Brogden were previously stopped by the police.

The officers that conducted the field interview identified Pitts and Brogden as the suspects in the attack video. When the two were brought in for questioning by Baltimore Police Det. David Moynihan, they both confessed to the murder. “I know the pain of having lost a loved one to a completely random act of violence. My sympathies and prayers go out to Mr. Johnson’s family,” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said.

Johnson’s injuries were so severe that two and a half pages of the Medical Examiner’s Report were dedicated solely to the nature and description of the blunt force trauma he sustained.

“In this case, Justice was served— and while it won’t bring Mr. Johnson back, police and prosecutors have done their level best to offer closure to his grieving family. I’d like to congratulate Sharon, Det. Moynihan, and all of the investigators who had a hand in this case.” Mosby said.

Sentencing for Pitts and Brodgen is scheduled for April 20th, 2015.

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