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For Immediate Release 9/15/15

This afternoon a jury convicted David Thornton, 43, of second degree murder and openly carrying a deadly weapon.

Thornton murdered 17-year-old Jawan Henry after an argument over $10 which Thornton’s girlfriend had promised Henry for doing chores.

Assistant State’s Attorney Bethany Durand prosecuted this case.

Baltimore Police were called to a home on the 2600 block of Mura Avenue on March 8, 2014, for reports of a stabbing. When they arrived, they found Henry suffering from a stab wound to the abdomen.

Henry was taken to the hospital where he died. An autopsy report revealed the stabbing severed his aorta. Witnesses identified Thornton as the killer, and say he used a knife to murder the teenager.

“These senseless murders on the streets of Baltimore cannot and will not be tolerated,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “It is unfathomable that $10 could lead to the death of an innocent 17-year-old boy.”

At the time of the murder, Thornton was on active parole supervision for second degree murder. He had only been home approximately three months before killing Henry.

Thornton is scheduled for sentencing on November 3, 2015. He faces 33 years in prison.