For Immediate Release 5/10/16
A Baltimore City jury convicted Andre Mixon of Murder in the First Degree and using a handgun in the commission of that crime of violence for the July 15, 2013, shooting of Montae Higgins in the 200 block of Diener Place. Mixon is facing a maximum of Life plus 20 years at sentencing which will be held on July 22, 2016.
“This verdict speaks to the sheer doggedness of the Homicide units, both within the Baltimore Police Department and the State’s Attorney’s Office,” said Assistant State’s Attorney Kurt Bjorklund.
Witnesses at the scene advised that a man walked up to Higgins and immediately shot him multiple times. Higgins was pronounced deceased at the scene. Det. Damon Talley assumed responsibility for the investigation. The investigation languished for a year until law enforcement located a recorded phone conversation between Mixon and an inmate. The call was placed just minutes after the murder and Mixon was overheard making indirect admissions to committing the murder, including, but not limited to, specifics regarding how the victim looked, who he was with, the caliber of firearm used and the location of injuries to Higgins’ body.
“The investigation into the murder of Montae Higgins was initially a dead end, with no identifying witnesses or forensic evidence linking Mixon to the scene. Nonetheless, through creativity and perseverance, we were able to achieve justice for the victim’s family,” Bjorklund stated.
Armed with the recorded conversation, law enforcement enlisted an expert in cell-site technology to examine historical cell-phone data to plot the location of Mixon’s phone when the call was made. Det. Albert Rotell provided expert testimony at trial that placed Mixon right at the scene of the crime, providing further corroboration.
Mixon is still pending charges for the January 6, 2014 murder of Jonathan Terry. A co-defendant, Juliun Jones-Joyner, has already been sentenced to life in prison for his role in that murder, after having been convicted by a Baltimore City jury in February. It is believed that Mixon was also the shooter in Terry’s murder. Firearms examiners were able to forensically match casings recovered from both crime scenes to the same unknown firearm.
“As I have stated before my office has some of the most passionate, and persistent prosecutors in the country,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “I made a promise to go after the worst of the worst, and today’s conviction is yet another example of our successful attempt to rid our streets of these violent individuals.”
Assistant State’s Attorney Kurt Bjorklund prosecuted all above matters.