Gun­man who dressed as woman guilty of mur­der

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND NATION - — Justin Fen­ton

A Bal­ti­more jury has con­victed a 22-yearold man for a killing in which author­i­ties say he dis­guised him­self as a woman and fa­tally shot a man in the street, the state’s at­tor­ney’s of­fice an­nounced. Steven Bass, 33, was fa­tally shot June12, 2015, in the 2200 block of N. Ful­ton Ave. Sur­veil­lance cam­era footage showed a per­son wear­ing a woman’s dark-colored sum­mer hat, mul­ti­col­ored blouse and light-blue pants, with a purse slung over the right shoul­der. Af­ter wit­ness to the shoot­ing told po­lice that the gun­man had touched the hood of a ve­hi­cle, po­lice lifted a fin­ger­print from the car and matched it to Bran­don Pay­ton, prose­cu­tors said. Prose­cu­tors said a jury con­victed Pay­ton on Fri­day of first-de­gree mur­der and the use of a firearm in the com­mis­sion of a crime of vi­o­lence. He faces life plus 20 years in prison at his sen­tenc­ing on Dec. 5, they said. In a state­ment, State’s At­tor­ney Mar­i­lyn J. Mosby praised the wit­ness for com­ing for­ward. “Wit­ness co­op­er­a­tion is cru­cial to guar­an­tee­ing that these crim­i­nals who wreak havoc on our streets are held ac­count­able,” Mosby said.

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