WASHINGTON — A jury has found a D.C. man guilty of first-degree murder Friday in the two separate shootings of an off-duty U.S. Secret Service officer in 2015 and a 15-year-old boy at a Metro station a few months later.
Maurice Bellamy, 19, was found guilty on two counts of first-degree murder while armed, one count of armed robbery and a weapons offense, prosecutors said in a statement.
The first killing happened during a robbery in December 2015 in Southwest D.C. Bellamy and two accomplices approached a parked car with off-duty Secret Service officer Arthur Earl Baldwin Jr., 30, inside. The group ordered Baldwin to pop open the trunk but found nothing of value there. When Baldwin attempted to get out of the driver’s seat, Bellamy and an accomplice opened fire, prosecutors said. The group then stole Baldwin’s iPad, cellphone and wallet. Baldwin was taken to a hospital where he died from multiple gunshot wounds, prosecutors said.
In March 2016, Bellamy was finally arrested a few days after the fatal shooting of 15-year-old Davonte Washington at the Deanwood Metro station. Washington was on the platform with his mother and little sisters when Bellamy shot him twice in the chest. The shooting was caught on Metro surveillance video.
Jurors found Washington’s death to be “especially cruel, atrocious and heinous,” prosecutors said. Bellamy used the same gun to kill Washington and Baldwin, prosecutors added.
Bellamy will be sentenced in July. He could face sentences of life in prison.
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