The killings of two men less than 24 hours apart in West Baltimore in November 2013 were no mere coincidence — prosecutors say the second killing was an act of revenge for the first.
Darrell Homer, 24, was sentenced to life in prison with all but 30 years suspended by Circuit Court Judge Stephen J. Sfekas after pleading guilty to first-degree murder, prosecutors announced. Homer had confessed to police, they said.
"Street justice doesn't solve anything," State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby said in a statement. "It only guarantees that more people will either be killed or locked up for a long time. If individuals truly cared about getting justice for their loved ones, they should come to us."
Homer and an unidentified accomplice shot 21-year-old Ricky Thomas 19 times on Nov. 7, 2013 in the 1100 block of McKean Ave., just three blocks from the Western District police station. Investigators say Thomas was "rumored" to have been a central figure in a murder that occurred the night before.
Twenty-one-year-old Tyree Taylor was killed Nov. 6, 2013 in the 800 block of Appelton St.
"Suppose Ricky Thomas knew something about the murder from the night before," Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Wilson said in a news release from the prosecutors' office. "We didn't get a chance to talk to him because he was killed in less than 24 hours."
Officers canvassed the area after Thomas' murder and found a live round lying on Homer's doorstep. He and other occupants of the home were detained for questioning, and Homer later confessed, prosecutors said.