For Immediate Release 5/5/15
Sheldon Hopkins was convicted Monday of second-degree murder. Jurors found Hopkins guilty of stabbing Donnell Bishop to death in the 1800 block of Rutland Avenue in the Broadway East neighborhood. Hopkins faces up to 30 years for his crime. Assistant State’s Attorney Rita Wisthoff-Ito prosecuted the case.
“I wish I could bring Mr. Bishop back to his family, but this [conviction] is the next best thing we could do for them.” Wisthoff-Ito said.
On November 12th, 2012 officers responded to the scene of the crime at approximately 3:30 p.m. and found Bishop lying unresponsive in the street. The entire incident was caught on camera. According to the footage—which did not include audio — Bishop was seen arguing with an unknown person. Minutes later, Hopkins approached Bishop and began to argue with him. Bishop then threw a punch at Hopkins and missed. Hopkins punched Bishop several times knocking him to the ground and then stabbed him twice in the torso.
Bishop died as a result of his injuries.
According to Wisthoff-Ito, Detectives Eric Sharp (Retired) and Joseph Chin conducted a thorough investigation.
“This was the kind of case that was based completely on eyewitness testimony,” Wisthoff-Ito said. “We had the incident on camera, but we didn’t know who anyone was on the video. [Sharp and Chin] did a great job identifying the suspect and developing witnesses.”
State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said that cooperation between prosecutors and police is the key to reducing violent crime in Baltimore.
“What you have here is a perfect example of how the justice system works together. I want to thank Rita for her work on this case, and I’d especially like to thank Detectives Sharp, who has since retired, and Detective Chin for their phenomenal work on this case. Because of these three individuals, Justice was served.” Mosby said. Hopkins is scheduled for sentencing on July 22nd.