For Immediate Release: 9/27/17
East Baltimore — Andre Mosby, who is of no relation to State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, was found guilty of second degree murder of Kenneth Collins. Additionally, Mosby was convicted of the use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence, as well as wearing, carrying, and transporting a handgun.
Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Dunty prosecuted the case.
On March 15, 2016 at approximately 9:00 p.m., Baltimore Police were flagged down by a citizen and directed to the 2400 block of East Monument Street. Police were advised that a male was shot inside “Rod’s Barbershop.” Officers located Kenneth Collins, an employee of the barbershop, on the second floor of the store lying face down in a pool of blood with a gunshot wound to his head. The crime scene, located on the first floor of the barbershop, consisted of two 9mm shell casings, a blood trail leading to the location of Collins, as well as a pair of glasses directly outside of the barbershop entrance. Mr. Collins was transported to Johns Hopkins Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9:34 p.m.
The investigation showed that there was an ongoing dispute with an individual known as “the BGE Dude,” later identified as Mosby. Mosby had illegally restored power to various residences, including the home of the victim. The victim paid Mosby at least $300 to fix his meter so that BGE was unaware of his power usage. However, BGE investigators discovered the issue. Mosby re-connected the meter again, but wanted an additional payment. This caused tension between Mosby and the victim.
During the investigation, the police reviewed City Watch Camera video which showed Mosby and co-defendant Ignatius Lawrence at the scene of the homicide. The shooter, who was wearing a teal baseball cap, is seen on video leaving the barbershop after the shooting. The only other occupant in the barbershop was the victim who was closing up the shop for the night. A witness on the scene identified the shooter as the person in the teal cap. The witness further indicated that after the shooter left the barbershop area, he and Mosby joined up and left the area together.
Additionally, the police determined that after the homicide, Mosby and Lawrence switched the Ford Expedition in which they were traveling with Mosby’s stepfather’s Corvette. Once the Ford was located, a 9mm bullet was found in the back passenger area. The 9mm bullet is the same brand as the cartridge casings found at the crime scene.
“A human life is worth more than $300,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “Such a blatant disregard for human life will not be tolerated in the City of Baltimore, and perpetrators of such senseless acts of violence will be held to the fullest extent of the law for their role, whether they pulled the trigger or facilitated the murder. While nothing can bring Mr. Collins’ back to those who loved and cared for him, we hope that knowing the two men responsible for his death will be held accountable gives them peace.”
Ignatius Lawrence, the shooter, was convicted in June 2017 after a jury trial. He was convicted of first degree murder, conspiracy to commit first degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence, and other related offenses. His sentencing is scheduled for October 11, 2017. He is facing faces two life sentences plus 35 years in prison.
Andre Mosby faces 50 years in prison and is scheduled for sentencing on October 17, 2017.