The year's first slaying victim in the city, Marcal Walton, 33, who was found dead in an alley in Northwest Baltimore on Sunday, apparently unwittingly helped put down a case involving the killing of a Baltimore County police officer.
Back in 2000, the Baltimore Sun's Justin Fenton reports that Walton got a call from a man offering to sell stolen jewelry, and that called helped detectives track the killers of Sgt. Bruce A. Prothero, who was killed while moonlighting at a Baltimore County jewelry store.
The killer is serving a life sentence and the case got linked to a theft ring that was being tapped by the feds at the time. They caught suspects talking about the stolen jewelry and that helped put it down. Walton, meanwhile, ended up receiving 37 months in federal prison in 2002 for possession of a firearm by a felon. Here's an old Baltimore Sun story I wrote in 2000: