Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

For Immediate Release 7/3/2017

Eastern District— Nickole Washington was found guilty of second degree murder of Nelson Mandela Dakurah, conspiracy to rob, and attempted robbery.

Assistant State’s Attorney Bethany Durand prosecuted the case. This is Washington’s second trial following a deadlocked jury in a previous attempt to try this case.

On July 4, 2014 a Baltimore City 911 operator received a call from a Broadway East resident who lived in the 1300 block of North Patterson Park Avenue. The neighbor reported that there were screams coming from the home next door—which was rented to Washington.

Police arrived to find the front door blocked by the body of Dakurah. Officers found blood on the back door of the home and in the alley. They also found a large metal spike in the living room and a butcher knife covered in blood on the basement staircase.

Investigation later revealed that Dakurah and Washington were familiar with one another. When Washington and her boyfriend Kenneth Carter fell into debt with a bail bondsman, they decided to set up Dakurah for a robbery.

According to investigators, when Dakurah arrived at Washington’s home he resisted the robbery attempt. Dakurah was then stabbed—according to an autopsy—over 60 times in his face, hands, and torso.

Carter pled guilty to his role in the murder in 2016. The court sentenced him to Life suspend all but 40 years in prison. The State’s offer was Life suspend all but 50 years.

Both Carter and Washington’s DNA were recovered from the crime scene.

“Justice is always worth the price paid for it’s pursuit,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “Even after an initial mistrial, we were committed in our pursuit of justice on behalf of this victim and his family and I am glad that justice has finally prevailed.”

Washington is scheduled for sentencing on December 4, 2017. She faces a maximum penalty of 60 in prison.