Man sentenced to two life terms for double murder

May 30, 2012|By Peter Hermann

A 23-year-old man was sentenced Wednesday to consecutive life terms plus 40 years in prison for fatally shooting two people in 2007 who were attacked in broad daylight after they emerged from a Dollar Store in the city’sBelair-Edisonneighborhood.

Larry Livingston Joseph had been convicted of the crimes in August 2008 but the state’s Court of Special Appeals threw out the verdict two years ago.

The judges ruled that the trial judge had failed to ask Joseph why he wanted to fire his attorney. Instead of postponing the case, the appeals court said the judge, who is now retired, gave the defendant an improper ultimatum — proceed with the lawyer he didn’t want or go to trial without counsel

Joseph, who at the time lived in the 3400 block of Belair Road in Northeast Baltimore, went to trial with the attorney and was convicted.

Prosecutors with the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office retried Joseph and a jury convicted him again, on May 172012, of two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of using a handgun in a crime of violence and illegally possessing a handgun.

The killings on Sept. 16, 2007, shocked a city, occurring late afternoon in the 3400 block of Belair Road, a central thoroughfare through Northeast Baltimore that is typically packed with motorists, shoppers and residents.

Police said Joseph approached the victims, Channing Myrick, 26, and Deion Morris, 23, drew a gun from his waistband and opened fire as they men came out of the discount store. Prosecutors said he shot Myrick five times. He then shot Morris once, causing him to fall to the sidewalk. “Joseph stood over him and shot him nine more times, killing him,” prosecutors said in a statement.

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