For Immediate Release: 12/19/17
North Baltimore — Devin Lee was sentenced to Life plus 20 years in prison for 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.
Assistant State’s Attorney (ASA) 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, later identified as Christopher Giles, was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds in an alley.
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.
“This was a cold and calculated murder that deserved punishment to the fullest extent of the law,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “There is no place for such cold and ruthless behavior in our communities, so I commend ASA Durand for her diligence in securing a conviction and a substantial sentence in this case.”