28-year-old murderer gets 30 years in city killing

Man left blood trail for police

March 28, 2011|By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun

A 28-year old man who left Baltimore police a blood trail from a shooting scene was sentenced to 30 years in prison Monday, including five years without possibility of parole by Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Edward R. K. Hargadon.

Taron K. Melvin of the 4000 block Falstaff Road was Monday found guilty of second-degree murder, use of a handgun in a crime of violence and possession of a handgun by a prohibited person by a jury in January. On August 26, 2009, police found Shawn Williams, 28, in an alley near the 3200 block Lyndale Ave. Williams later died of a leg wound from a handgun.

Following a trail of blood, detectives went to the back door of a home in the 3200 block Elmley Ave., where they found Melvin inside, bleeding from what they said was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his foot. Shell casings from the homicide were later matched to a gun registered to Melvin's girlfriend, though the weapon was never found. Investigators also matched DNA from the blood trial to Melvin.

Melvin had been convicted of robbery with a deadly weapon in Baltimore County in 2001.

larry.carson@baltsun.com

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