Witness in murder trial shot, critically wounded One of 3 defendants in drug-related murder case surrenders to city police

November 24, 1992|By Roger Twigg and Joe Nawrozki | Roger Twigg and Joe Nawrozki,Staff Writers Staff writer Jay Apperson contributed to this article.

A state witness in a narcotics-related murder trial was shot and critically wounded last night, and the man police said was the gunman surrendered early today.

Barry Davis, 21, of the 2200 block of Cecil Ave., was shot four times as he entered the vestibule of his home about 8:20 p.m., Baltimore police said.

He was hit in the neck and arms and was listed in critical condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center today. He is expected to survive, homicide unit Detective Gerald Goldstein said.

About 5 a.m. today, Keith Eugene Harper, 22, of the 3400 block of Ravenwood Ave. in Northeast Baltimore, walked into police headquarters downtown and said he shot Mr. Davis, police said.

Mr. Harper was charged with attempted murder and a handgun violation.

He is one of three men charged with the fatal shooting Aug. 24 of Lionel Wayne Rogers at 20th and Kennedy streets.

Police said in that attack, the victim was sitting on some steps when three men emerged from an alley and shot him several times.

Following that murder, which police said was narcotics-related, Mr. Harper surrendered to authorities and was released on bail.

The two other suspects in that case remain in jail.

They are Thiyon L. Greene, 22, of the 1900 block of Aisquith St., and Deshawn Carroll, 20, of 5300 block Eastbury Ave.

The murder case was scheduled to be argued before a jury tomorrow in the courtroom of Judge Elsbeth Levy Bothe in Baltimore City Circuit Court.

Asked whether the trial would go on as scheduled, Julius Silvestri, the prosecutor assigned to the case, said early today, "I don't think so." He declined to say anything else about the case.

Stuart O. Simms, the city state's attorney, said a few minutes later that Mr. Davis' testimony was to have satisfied "a portion of the state's case toward establishing elements of motive, intent and identification."

He said that because of Mr. Davis' shooting, the state would be asking for a postponement.

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