For Immediate Release 2/18/2015
Charles Morris was convicted of 2nd degree murder today for his role in the death of David Armstrong. Morris was also found guilty of using a handgun in a crime of violence, illegally carrying a handgun, and prohibited possession of a handgun. He faces up to 55 years in prison.Â Assistant Stateâ€™s Attorney Traci Robinson prosecuted the case.
On February 18, 2013 David Armstrong placed a number of calls to Morris, looking to purchase a small amount of marijuana. At approximately 11:30pm, Morris and Armstrong met in the vestibule of an apartment complex in the 4300 block of Adelle Terrace in the Irvington neighborhood. Shortly after the two met, an argument ensued and Armstrong was fatally shot in the chest. Neighbors called 911, and in the intervening moments Morris left the building and then quickly returnedâ€”making statements about self-defense.
Experts would later determine that the results of the investigation were not consistent with a close range shooting.
â€śOur prosecutors have the toughest job in America. Traci won an incredibly difficult caseâ€”and now Mr. Armstrongâ€™s family can take solace in the fact that justice was served.â€ť Stateâ€™s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said.
Mosby has said repeatedly her administration will not tolerate violent crime in Baltimore. She points to the fine work done by ASA Robinson as evidence of the officeâ€™s commitment to removing murderers from our streets.
Morris is scheduled for sentencing on June 12, 2015.
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