Jury Convicts Man Charged With Killing Ex-Girlfriend’s Boyfriend

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A homicide defendant, who shot his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend to death, was convicted by a jury in DC Superior Court Judge Robert Okun’s courtroom on May 7. 

Marcus Walker, 23, is charged with first-degree premeditated murder while armed, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault with a dangerous weapon against a minor, second-degree cruelty to children, and several other firearm and ammunition possession charges for his alleged involvement in the death of 28-year-old Eric King.

The shooting took place on the 800 block of 21st Street, NE, on October 11, 2022. One other victim had minor injuries.

According to court documents, Walker and his two children were living with his ex-girlfriend on the night of the incident. Walker, his ex-girlfriend, and his her new boyfriend were watching TV in the bedroom when the couple asked Walker to return to the living room so they could go to sleep. 

During the trial, Walker’s ex-girlfriend identified him as the shooter. Through her testimony, prosecutors presented text messages sent by Walker leading up to the shooting, where he called her disrespectful for partaking in sexual intercourse with King while he and his children were in the home. 

According to the witness, when she stopped replying to his text messages Walker barged into her room interrupting sexual intercourse with King before shooting twice.

Prosecutors questioned a medical examiner who testified King’s homicide was caused by a gunshot wound to the genitals and his chest. 

DNA and digital data analyst experts were also able to connect Walker to the scene and its surrounding areas. 

However, Jesse Winograd, Walker’s defense attorney, argued the case is “not as open and shut as [the prosecution] like to make it.”

He stated that no one had identified the man in the videos, believed to be Walker, as the defendant, adding that he had no motive to shoot and kill King. 

Despite Winograd’s arguments, the jury believed the prosecution had proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Walker was the killer, and convicted him of all charges. 

Parties are slated to return for sentencing July 19. 

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