Police charge Baltimore man, 31, in Saturday killing

Victim was key witness in separate shooting case

December 16, 2012|By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun

A 31-year-old Baltimore man has been charged in the killing of one man and the wounding of another in a hail of gunfire at a city intersection early Saturday morning, following a dispute at a night club, according to Baltimore police.

Tion Bolden, of the 5200 block of Reisterstown Road in the city's Woodmere neighborhood, faces 10 charges in the case and remains in police custody. Police announced his arrest Sunday, after saying Saturday that they were questioning a person of interest.

Avon Ball, 26, and a friend were both shot multiple times at the intersection of Madison Avenue and West Preston Street, said police, who responded to the scene about 2:27 a.m. Ball died at an area hospital while his unidentified friend was listed in critical condition, police said.

Ball had just finished with court-ordered home monitoring related to an assault conviction the night before, his father, Avon Ball Sr., confirmed, and was looking to get his life back on track.

Ball was also a key witness in a 2007 case that saw Adrian McFadden convicted of first-degree murder and Anthony Davante Miles convicted of assault in the fatal shooting of Ball's foster brother George T. Johnson and the wounding of Ball. Ball had taken the stand and testified about the events.

However, those convictions were overturned by the Court of Special Appeals in 2011 after the court found prosecutors made improper statements, including to jurors, and they are set to return to trial in February — now without the prosecution's key witness.

Bolden has been charged with first-degree and second-degree murder, attempted first-degree and attempted second-degree murder, first-degree and second-degree assault, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, reckless endangerment and two other gun charges.

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