Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

For Immediate Release 6/9/15

 William Stokes was has been convicted for the attempted murder of Marshall Dorsey.

Stokes was found guilty of attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, robbery with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit a robbery. Stokes, who was convicted of attempted second-degree murder in 1994, faces a mandatory 25 year sentence and a maximum of 65 years in prison for his crimes. He will be sentenced on July 14, 2015.

 In late August of 2013, police found Dorsey severely wounded in the hallway of an apartment complex in the 2400 block of North Charles Street. Investigators later learned that Dorsey had met with Jean Campbell earlier that day and the two went to Campbell’s apartment to use drugs.

 Stokes, who was romantically involved with Campbell was at Campbell’s apartment when Dorsey and Campbell arrived. The three of them did drugs together in the apartment. Stokes then left the apartment to buy more drugs, and when he returned he witnessed Campbell and Dorsey engaged in sexual intercourse.

 Stokes became enraged, grabbed a hammer and struck Dorsey several times in the head. Campbell tried to clean up the blood inside the apartment with a sheet, and was seen on security footage disposing of the sheet. Campbell was also seen on camera leaving with Stokes after the he dragged Dorsey out of the apartment and into the hallway. Campbell pled guilty to first degree assault, and was sentenced to 12 years, suspend all but seven with 3 years of probation.

 Assistant State’s Attorney Sheryl Atkins prosecuted the case.

 “Detective Nickles did an excellent job. His follow up was incredible, and he tediously went through the tape [from the apartment complex] to get the timing [of the incident] down. That’s what really ended up cracking the case.” Atkins said.

 The victim sustained severe damage to his head. The right side of his skull had to be removed and replaced with a plate.

 “Stokes has a very violent past, and he was fortunate to have had his freedom. But it’s clear that he is unfit to live in our community. I made a promise to go after violent repeat offenders, and I hope that Stokes pays dearly for his crimes at sentencing.” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said. “I know that Mr. Dorsey and his family are happy that both Campbell and Stokes were brought to Justice.”