BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Angry words followed by shots led to two murders. The woman who ordered the murders and the man who fired the gun appeared in a Baltimore court Tuesday.
Alex DeMetrick reports both will spend the rest of their lives in prison.
Summer 2013: Baltimore police responded to a multiple shooting–eight people on a front porch. Michelle Hitchens and Gennie Shird were killed; a third woman was seriously injured.
The attack followed some sort of verbal exchange between people on the porch and Tierra Fallin.
Fallin then contacted Darryl Anderson and told him to open fire. He did.
“We suffered a lot, just physically, emotionally, financially. It’s something that really tore our family apart, and we’re just trying to heal from this,” said Richard Hitchens.
That healing process took both murder victims’ families to court for Anderson’s and Fallin’s sentencings.
A member of the Black Guerrilla Family gang, Darryl Anderson was declared Public Enemy No. 1 during a manhunt by Baltimore police. He was eventually tracked down and arrested in Birmingham, Alabama.
“I commend the officers, the U.S. marshals, the Baltimore City Police Department for bringing this individual to justice and allowing us to do our job,” said Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.
That job was to push for maximum sentences after Anderson and Fallin were convicted: Anderson on two counts of second-degree murder, six attempted murders and another dozen conspiracy and handgun counts, received life plus 240 years.
Fallin was sentenced for the same murder and attempted murder counts and was given life in prison plus 240 years.
“I think justice was served properly when people who have no regards for human life,” Hitchens said.
While the focus Tuesday was on loss and punishment, there was also the difficult journey to reach this point.
“These witnesses who stood up to two murderers in open court. If more of us did this, then the city would be a safer place,” Mosby said.
But for those who lost loved ones, it’s an emptier place.
Darryl Anderson has also been convicted of a separate murder in Baltimore County and was in prison for that killing when he was brought back to Baltimore for Tuesday’s sentencing.