Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

For Immediate Release: 9/11/17

Northwest Baltimore— Jamison Deberry, a violent repeat offender, was convicted and sentenced to life for the first-degree murder of James Dews.

Gun Violence Enforcement Division (GVED) Chief Charles Blomquist prosecuted the case.

On November 5, 2015, Deberry stabbed Dews at his home in the 4000 block of Grantley Road in the East Arlington community. Deberry then called his girlfriend and waited for her to pick him up—leaving Dews for dead inside the home.

Deberry, who himself was injured, directed his girlfriend to take him to a hospital. Confused and lost, they ended up at the Baltimore City Fire Station on Reisterstown Road where first responders and law enforcement rendered aid. He was later transferred to a hospital for treatment for his injuries. 

Deberry did not mention that Dews was in his home dead to anyone, nor did he attempt to call 911. Authorities later found Dews dead at the scene.

Deberry provided multiple versions of the events that lead to Dews’ death, but eventually acknowledged that he stabbed the victim in self-defense.

According to investigators, Deberry claimed that he was a sex worker and that Dews was his client and that he had run into Dews earlier in the day on the day he was murdered.

In addition to claiming self-defense, during the course of the trial, Deberry’s claimed that Dews had ingested so much cough syrup that it placed him in a homicidal state. The defense’s expert regarding this claim was excluded by the court, after cross examination by the State. 

Deberry was sentenced to life in prison. He is also on probation for first-degree assault and is backing up more than 15 years in prison for a previous conviction.

“This perpetuator’s violence and total disregard for human life is absolutely despicable,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “Thankfully, we were able to successfully rid our city’s streets of yet another violent repeat offender who will never have the opportunity to take a life again.”  

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