Man convicted in killing of Marine in Northeast Baltimore

A third man has been convicted in the fatal stabbing of an active duty Marine at a Northeast Baltimore party in January 2010.

Michael Wiggins, 28, was charged along with two others with killing Pfc. Darius Ray on Jan. 23, 2010 at a house party in the 6900 block of McClean Blvd. Police at the time said that the men were asked to leave the party and a fight broke out. Wiggins returned with a knife and stabbed Ray, authorities said.

Wiggins was convicted this week by a city jury of murder and assault counts. It was unclear from court records when Wiggins will be sentenced.

Ray was only 20 years old, a three-sport athlete at his Montgomery County high school who was raised in a foster home and enlisted in the Marines, where he became a member of the color guard.

"A bittersweet ending," said his sister, Elsie. "Nothing will bring Darius back to us but justice was done. ... Darius was an amazing young man with a beautiful spirit. Mr. Wiggins will never know what he stole from us and the world."

Wiggins' was the last of the three defendants to go to trial. Court records show Vernon Hadley, 23, pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and was sentenced to 20 years in prison with all but two years suspended, while Nicholas Woodward, 29, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and will be sentenced in November.

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