Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

For Immediate Release 6/26/15

Prince Rogers was found guilty of  first-degree murder of Andrew Joyce and use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence Thursday evening. Rogers faces a life sentence plus 20 years for his crime. Assistant State’s Attorney Bethany Durand prosecuted the case.

On November 1, 2010, at approximately 2:30 a.m., police were called to the 500 block of Mosher Street in Baltimore’s Upton neighborhood because of suspicious activity.

The responding officers located a tow truck parked in the block, it was running and the driver, Joyce, was found lying across the seat suffering from a single gunshot wound to the torso and was declared dead on scene. Joyce had been dispatched to tow a vehicle from that location; the vehicle was still on scene.

According to the autopsy report, Joyce was shot one time in the left chest. The projectile was recovered inside the tow truck.

During the investigation into this incident an eye-witness was located. That witness provided a description of the incident and advised police that he would be able to make an identification.   The witness described hearing an argument between the driver and a another man. The driver reached into the tow truck at which point, the man moved towards him and fired one time before running from the area.

The case went cold for two years before Det. Jonathon Riker and Sgt. James Lloyd were able to solve the case.

“The police work conducted in this case was crucial to securing this conviction, people think that law enforcement gives up on cases if they aren't solved shortly after the crime is committed. Yesterday's verdict is a prime example of law enforcement's relentless pursuit of Justice." State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said.

Mosby said that she was thankful that Durand was able to obtain a conviction on behalf of the victim's family. Rogers is scheduled for sentencing September 1, 2015.