Second Man Convicted in Killing of Rival “Gang” Leader

… Both suspects face life in prison …

By Peter Hermann

9:03 AM EST, December 14, 2011

A second gang leader has been convicted of abducting a rival from Baltimore’s Block in 2008, executing him and dumping his body near Gwynns Falls Park, according to the city State’s Attorney’s Office.

A Circuit Court jury this week convicted Kedar Anderson of first-degree murder in the June 8, 2008 killing of Kenneth “Cash” Jones, who was forced into the trunk of a car while standing at Custom House Avenue and Water Street.

His body was found less than 40 minutes later in the 4500 block of Bonner Road, shot several times in the head with a .45 caliber handgun, according to Baltimore State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein.

The victim, Jones, was the leader of the Pasadena Denver Lanes Bloods gang, and was in a dispute with a rival set called the Bounty Hunter Bloods, also known as the Spyda Bloods, headed by Dajuan Marshall, according to prosecutors.

Marshall, 29, was convicted of conspiracy to murder in October and faces up to life plus 20 years when he is sentenced Dec. 20. Anderson, 25, faces two life terms plus 100 years in prison when he is sentenced Feb. 16.

In 2009, Jones was the first defendant to be tried under an enhanced Maryland Gang Prosecution Act, which can add 10 to 30 years in prison because of gang affiliation. Defense attorneys tried to convince the judge that the law was unconstitutional saying it puts people in prison for the company they keep, not the crimes they commit.

At the time, then State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy complained that the law “has proven difficult to use and rarely charged.” She wanted a tougher law that made it easier for prosecutors to link crimes to gangs. At that time, prosecutors in Prince Geroge’s and Montgomery counties had failed in their attempts to use the new law.

Defense attorneys called the law to vague. They worried their clients would be linked to gangs by the color of their clothes, or by using hand signals. But a jury disagreed, and Marshall was convicted of murder and of participating in a gang in Jones’ case.

That conviction was overturned because of juror misconduct, but Marshall was convicted a second time of the same charges.

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