Baltimore man guilty in July 2004 murder

CRIME WATCH

December 16, 2005

A 22-year-old Baltimore man was convicted of first-degree murder yesterday in the attempted robbery and killing of a woman in her Southeast Baltimore home in the summer of 2004, according to the city state's attorney's office.

Brent Ross of the first block of N. Lakewood Ave. is to be sentenced Jan. 25 by Circuit Judge Paul E. Alpert, prosecutors said.

In addition to murder, a jury convicted Ross of attempted robbery with a deadly weapon, first-degree assault and the use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence.

Prosecutors said that Ross and an accomplice, Antonio Smith, 19, broke into the home of Gwendolyn Boykins, in the 100 block of N. Ellwood Ave., on July 11, 2004, to rob her.

The two men searched the home for money but did not find any, the prosecutors said in a statement.

Smith ran from the home, prosecutors said, while Ross forced Boykins into the basement and shot her once in the back of the head.

The victim's three children were home.

Smith pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Sept. 19 and is to be sentenced by Circuit Judge John M. Glynn on Jan. 18.

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