A Crips gang member lured a former associate and his 17-year-old girlfriend to a secluded Randallstown cul-de-sac where he and another man gunned down the couple, killing the girl.
Darnell Hill, 23, testified in court about how Elrich Smith, 19, and another man drove Hill and his girlfriend, Katelyn Messina, who worked at a local pizza shop, to a housing development under construction off Chapeldale Road in Randallstown before they were shot.
On Friday, Smith, of the 900 block of Joshua Tree Court in Owings Mills, was found guilty by a Baltimore County jury.
A second man, Ryan McLean, 19, of Calvary Court in Randallstown, had been previously convicted of first-degree murder in Messina's death.
Hill testified that he had left the Crips gang and was starting a new life when Smith began repeatedly calling him, asking him to hang out. He described how Smith and McLean showed up at Messina's house July 24, 2011, wanting to hang out and drink.
He testified that Smith and McLean asked him throughout the night whether he told police anything about his involvement in the gang.
Hill said Smith and McLean stopped to buy some Steel Reserves and again stopped because Smith and McLean became sick. When pulled off to the side of the road, Smith said he lost his phone and asked Hill and Messina to get out and help look for it, Hill said.
The couple got out of the car. Messina was shot four times in the head, chest and back, and died the next day at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Hill was shot once in the back and survived.
McLean was sentenced to life in prison Oct. 18. Smith's sentencing has not been scheduled.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun