Baltimore man, 22, convicted in killing in which he disguised himself as a woman

A jury convicted a Baltimore man of a kiling in which he disguised as woman

A Baltimore jury has convicted a 22-year-old man for a killing in which authorities say he disguised himself as a woman and fatally shot a man in the street, the State's Attorney's Office announced.

Steven Bass, 33, was shot to death on June 12, 2015 in the 2200 block of N. Fulton Ave. Surveillance camera footage showed a suspect wearing a woman's dark-colored summer hat, multi-colored blouse and light blue pants, with a purse slung over the right shoulder.

A witness who said he saw the shooting told police that the shooter had touched the passenger hood of a vehicle. Police were able to lift a print from the car, which they matched to Brandon Payton, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said a jury on Friday convicted Payton of first-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence. He faces life plus 20 years in prison at his sentencing on Dec. 5, they said.

In a statement, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby praised the witness for coming forward.

"Witness cooperation is crucial to guaranteeing that these criminals who wreak havoc on our streets are held accountable," Mosby said. "I want to commend this person for stepping forward, setting an example for others to follow; and, ultimately, helping us to get another ruthless killer off the streets of Baltimore."

Court records show that Payton killed Bass eight days after he had been released on bail on charges stemming from the unrest following the April 2015 death of Freddie Gray.

Payton was charged May 28 with charges of rioting, malicious destruction of property, disorderly conduct and burglary.

During the unrest, Payton was photographed by The Associated Press fist-bumping a National Guard soldier at City Hall in a photo that was picked up by news sites around the country.

An earlier version misstated Payton's status concerning the rioting charges at the time of Bass' killing. The Sun regrets the error.

jfenton@baltsun.com

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