Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

For Immediate Release 6/12/15

Charles Morris was sentenced to 50 years in prison Friday for the second-degree murder of David Armstrong. Assistant State’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 returned—making statements about self-defense.

Experts would later determine that the results of the investigation were not consistent with a close range shooting.

“These are the results we must continue to see in order to keep our streets safe.,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “Our prosecutors have the toughest job in America. Traci won an incredibly difficult case—and now Mr. Armstrong’s family can take solace in the fact that justice was served.” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said.