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Three facing life sentences in Baltimore County murder over stolen clothes

Family photo of Barquese Warren, who was killed in October 2014. Three people were convicted in his murder this month in Baltimore County.
Family photo of Barquese Warren, who was killed in October 2014. Three people were convicted in his murder this month in Baltimore County. (Baltimore Sun)

Three people face the possibility of life in prison after being found guilty this month in a 2014 murder that Baltimore County prosecutors say began with a dispute over stolen clothes.

The victim, 26-year-old Barquese Warren, was lying in bed in his mother's North Point Village home when he was shot and killed in October of last year. A jury convicted three defendants in Warren's death: Delonte Epps, 24; Latray Tavon Hughes, 17; and James Earl Murphy, 24.

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Murphy and Epps are scheduled to be sentenced in March. Hughes is scheduled to be sentenced in 2017.

County prosecutor William Bickel called the murder a "senseless, brutal attack of a young man."

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Warren had nothing to do with the dispute when four people broke into the home in search of the stolen clothes, Bickel said.

"They didn't find the clothes," Bickel said. "But they found Barquese Warren, who was watching TV in his sister's room."

Hughes, the alleged gunman, was found guilty of first-degree murder, first-degree burglary and other charges.

Epps and Murphy were found guilty of first-degree felony murder, first-degree burglary and other charges.

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Warren had two young daughters and was planning to attend an electrical training program, his mother said.

Warren loved computers and taking household items apart then putting them back together, Tracy Warren said. As a youngster, he attended the Baraka School, a program that took boys from Baltimore to study in Kenya.

"Barquese was very creative," she said. "He was a very fun person."

Tracy Warren was home when her son was killed. After his death, she left the home and never returned. Her family packed up her belongings for her.

Prosecutors said Epps, Hughes and Murphy had gone to the home with a woman named Chadon Bradshaw. She was in a dispute with Warren's sister, who had taken clothing from Bradshaw because she believed Bradshaw had used her identity as part of a fraud scheme to buy the clothing.

Bradshaw, 30, entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors — she pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and burglary — and testified for the state.

She testified that she left the Warren home, waited in her car and heard gunshots.

Prosecutors said Hughes shot Warren several times.

Murphy's attorney, Mark Van Bavel, said his client denied any involvement in the murder.

Epps has filed a motion for a new trial. If it is denied, attorney Andrea Jaskulsky said, he will appeal his conviction.

An attorney for Hughes could not be reached for comment.

Bradshaw is scheduled to be sentenced next month. She faces up to 20 years in prison.

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