- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

BALTIMORE (AP) - A man who was shot in the face by Baltimore police after he allegedly brandished a handgun after a robbery was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder in an unrelated incident committed hours before the encounter with police.

Keith Davis Jr., 24, was charged in the June death of Kevin Jones, police said.

Last week, a jury acquitted Davis of assault and robbery charges in the second incident. He was convicted of being a felon in possession of a handgun.

Davis’ lawyer, Latoya Francis-Williams, said Wednesday that “It really is a shame that police have come back with this charge.” She called prosecutors’ claims about palm and fingerprints on a gun in last week’s trial “junk science.” She said she would mount a “vigorous, factual defense” against the murder charge.

Davis remains at the Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center in Baltimore. He faces a mandatory minimum 5-year term on the gun charge. Sentencing is set for April 20. No trial date has been set for the murder charge.

Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said at a news conference Wednesday that Jones, 22, was walking to his job as a security guard just before 5 a.m. on June 7 when Keith Davis shot him in an apparent robbery.

Several hours later, at about 10 a.m., officers responding to a reported robbery of a hack driver chased Keith Davis on foot into a garage, the commissioner said. Keith Davis brandished a firearm and officers fired more than 40 rounds when they felt threatened, striking Davis three times, at least once in the face, police said. A gun was recovered at the garage.

“That recovered firearm was ballistically matched to the murder of Kevin Jones,” Commissioner Davis said.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More

Click to Hide