For Immediate Release: 11/2/17
North Baltimore — A jury found Devin Lee, 25, guilty of the first degree murder of Christopher Giles in 2015. Lee was also convicted of the use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence; as well as wearing, carrying, and transporting a handgun. Lee is prohibited from possessing a handgun due to a 2011 felony conviction.
Assistant State’s Attorney Bethany Durand prosecuted the case.
On August 7, 2015 at approximately 4:30 p.m., Baltimore Police were called to the 4200 block of Ivanhoe Avenue for a shooting. The victim, Christopher Giles, was found dead in an alley suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
Crime scene technicians recovered blood, five 9mm shell casings, tire tracks and cigarette butts from the scene as evidence.
Witnesses reported that the victim was last seen entering a black car with Lee shortly before his murder. When the vehicle was located, Lee and two other men were found inside. After police confiscated the cell phones of the vehicle occupants, records showed that all three men and the victim were together before the shooting.
Detectives found a text from Lee, who was driving the car, telling one of the other men to “get him” out of the other side of the car once it stopped. Once the car stopped, Giles exited the car and was shot by Lee.
DNA on the cigarette butt found at the crime scene matched one of the men in Lee’s group, and the tire marks found on the victim’s body were consistent with a tire on the car that Lee was driving.
“To think that Mr. Giles got into this vehicle without knowing that he wouldn’t make it out alive is troubling,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “Nothing is worth the taking of another’s life and there is no place in our communities for those with no regard for human life; therefore, we will continue to use every tool in our prosecution arsenal to bring perpetrators of violence to justice. My prayer is that this conviction brings some resolve to the family of Mr. Giles.”
Sentencing for Devin Lee is scheduled for December 13, 2017. He faces a Life sentence plus 20 years.