Baltimore City man convicted of first-degree murder in 2022 shooting of woman in Essex
A jury has convicted a 30-year-old Baltimore City man of first-degree murder in the 2022 shooting of a 33-year-old woman, according to the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office.
On Tuesday, a Baltimore County jury found Tavon Howard guilty of first-degree murder and firearms offenses in the death of Bradyna Henson.
County police officers responded to Windjammer Court in Essex on April 14, 2022, after a relative found Henson shot to death in her home, Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger said in a news release Tuesday. She had been shot in her head, neck and chest.
Henson and Howard were in a “prior tumultuous and violent relationship” and Howard damaged her property, according to the release.
Prosecutors said phone and surveillance records placed Howard in Henson’s home in the early hours of April 13. Howard shot Henson and left her body there, according to the release.
Howard was represented by a public defender, according to online court records. The Office of the Public Defender did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday.
Police pursued Howard in Baltimore City on April 15, 2022, after he fled and arrested him in the Lauraville area, finding the gun allegedly used to kill Henson in his car.
Shellenberger praised police and prosecutors for their work on the case Tuesday.
“The tragedy of the loss of the life of Bradyna Henson will never be outweighed by the comfort in at least knowing that this violent man has now been convicted of her killing,” Shellenberger said in the release. “This case demonstrates the importance of the efforts of the police and the prosecutors in my office to fight for the continued protection of victims of domestic violence.”
Howard’s sentencing is set for Oct. 24. He faces a possible maximum sentence of life without parole.