For Immediate Release: 10/20/17
West Baltimore— Anthony Burris was convicted of second degree murder and using a handgun in a crime of violence for the killing of Earl Keith Burton nearly two years ago. Assistant State’s Attorneys (ASA) Tonya LaPolla and Jennifer Brady prosecuted the case.
In the early hours of October 31, 2015, police were called to the 1100 block of Laurens Street in West Baltimore for a report of a shooting. Police found Burton—who had been shot once in the back of the head and was later pronounced deceased.
Investigation revealed that four individuals, including Burris and Burton who were riding in the backseat together, were driving around that evening when the group decided to meet up with two of Burton’s associates at a residence located in the 1100 block of Laurens Street.
According to witness testimony, the vehicle Burris was traveling in arrived at the residence ahead of the second group of people. Burris and company parked in the block, and waited for the second group to arrive. Upon the arrival of the second group, Burris shot Burton while he attempted to exit the car, and fled the scene.
“Once again, thanks to the courageousness of the witnesses who came forward to testify in this case, my prosecutors were able to deliver justice to a grieving family that has awaited this day for 2 years,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “While nothing will replace the loss of their loved one, my only hope is that their healing can now begin.”
Burris faces a maximum of 50 years in prison and is scheduled for sentencing on January 16, 2018.