By Robert Sobus | WBAL NewsRadio • August 31, 2023 | Original Source
Two men were sentenced on Thursday to consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole for the October 2021 murders of a father and son in Rosedale.
Ameer Gittens, 26, and Derrick Jamison, 27, were charged for the killings of 24-year-old Justin Walker and 55-year-old Christopher Walker.
Officials said Justin Walker and a friend agreed to give Gittens and Jamison a ride from a convenience store in Rosedale on Oct. 11, 2021.
At some time during the ride, Gittens and Jamison showed handguns and forced Walker and his friend to take off their clothes. They also took their wallets and cellphones.
Walker's friend was then duct-taped and placed into the vehicle's trunk. Gittens and Jamison took Walker to his home in the 7400 block of Plainview Road with the intent of robbing his father.
When the suspects entered the home, they shot Christopher Walker eight times, killing him.
Justin Walker was then fatally shot in the head by one of the suspects.
Christopher Walker's 83-year-old mother witnessed the shootings and was confronted at gunpoint by Gittens and Jamison. The suspects then fled in Justin Walker's car.
The friend who was trapped in the vehicle was released in a residential area in Baltimore City that night.
Baltimore County police homicide detectives were able to obtain videos from different locations to identify Gittens and Jamison as suspects. Fingerprints of each were found in Justin Walker’s car.
Gittens was arrested while in possession of one of the guns used in the killings less than a month after the incident.
Both suspects were convicted in April by a jury of first-degree premeditated murder, armed carjacking, home invasion, kidnapping, armed robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a crime.
“This demonstrates the need for serious penalties for handgun-related crimes," Baltimore County States Attorney Scott Shellenberger said in a news release. "The public must be protected from individuals like Derrick Jamison and Ameer Gittens."
The case was prosecuted by Lauren Stone and John Cox of the Baltimore County State's Attorney’s office.