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Man found guilty of execution-style death


A Baltimore man convicted in the execution-style slaying of a man who interrupted an argument was sentenced yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court to life plus 20 years in prison.

Martinez Brown, 26, of the 2300 block of E. Chase St. was convicted in November by a city jury of first-degree murder and using a handgun during a crime of violence. Prosecutors said Brown shot Kelvin Knight, 18, in the forehead and chest Dec. 7, 2003, outside a Chinese takeout restaurant at Montford Avenue and Biddle Street in East Baltimore.

Assistant State's Attorney Wesley Adams said Knight had laughed at an argument between Brown and a woman. Brown turned to Knight and said, "Do you think I am playing?" He then put a handgun to Knight's forehead and fired three times. A fourth shot struck Knight in the chest.

An witness to the shooting struck Brown with his car, enabling police to arrest him near the scene. Judge Wanda K. Heard sentenced Brown after listening to emotional testimony from Knight's family.

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