4 Co-Defendants Found Guilty in 2020 Double Homicide

Baltimore Courthouse

Four co-defendants were found guilty of a fatal shootout at a bus stop in April 2020 that killed two men and injured a third person.

The five-day jury trial of Antoine Trent, 21, Damien Mickens, 19, Kevin Cleveland, 28, and Jabez Johnson, 20, concluded on June 9, with a verdict announced on June 14.

According to the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, the two victims—Kendrick Brown and William Barrett—were standing at a bus stop shortly after 4 p.m. on the 100 block of E. Patapsco Avenue on April 10, 2020, when the co-defendants approached them and completed a transaction. Moments later, Trent pulled out a handgun and shot Brown, who fell to the ground and was shot several more times.

Mickens and Johnson also pulled out handguns and began firing at Barrett as he ran away. Barrett eventually fell to the ground after being shot by Mickens multiple times.

At least 30 shots were fired during the incident, which the state’s attorney’s office reported was seen on private video surveillance. Brown and Barrett were killed and another individual, who was driving by the intersection, was injured.

The four co-defendants were later arrested, including Mickens who told Baltimore Police Department officers that he chased and shot Barrett.

Trent was found guilty of first-degree murder, minor in possession of a firearm, as well as two counts each of conspiracy to murder and firearm use during a felony violent crime.

Mickens and Johnson were both found guilty of second-degree murder, firearm use during a felony violent crime, minor in possession of a firearm, and two counts of conspiracy to murder. Johnson was also convicted of a second count of firearm use during a felony violent crime and first-degree assault.

Cleveland was charged with two counts of conspiracy to murder.

Their sentencings are scheduled on Oct. 5 and Dec. 2.

Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Jennifer B. Schiffer presided over the trial.