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Shooter Convicted Of Killing Man In Charles County Shoe Deal Gone Wrong: State's Attorney

By Zak Failla,

Keishon Javontae Thompson Photo Credit: Charles County Sheriff

Officials in Charles County announced that a man has been found guilty of murdering a Maryland teenager in 2020 during a shoe deal that rapidly went awry.

Keishon Javontae Thompson, 20, was convicted of murder and multiple weapons charges following a five-day trial tied to his role in the fatal shooting of 19-year-old J’Shaun Wallace.

Prosecutors say that on Dec. 6, 2020, officers in Charles County were called to the 2900 block of Business Park Drive in Waldorf to investigate a reported shooting. Upon arrival, they found Wallace with a gunshot wound to his chest, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A review of Wallace’s cell phone, which was found at the scene of the fatal shooting, led investigators to text message exchanges between he and Thompson, which determined that the pair had previously arranged to purchase shoes from one another.

On the day of the murder, Charles County State’s Attorney Tony Covington said that Wallace and a friend arrived in front of a business in the 2900 block of Business Park Drive at approximately.

When Thompson arrived minutes later, he lured Wallace to the back of the building, and surveillance footage captured Wallace handing shoe insoles to Thompson.

Shortly thereafter, Thompson is seen on the video producing a handgun from the waistband of his pants, at which point he shot Wallace once in the chest and then appeared to make another attempt to shoot him, but failed.

Wallace’s friend, who remained in the car during the deal, heard the gunshot, got out of the vehicle and found the victim on the ground. He called 911 and Thompson fled the area.

During the investigation, Thompson was identified as a suspect, and a search of his residence led police to discover clothes that were consistent with what was captured on the surveillance video. He was ultimately arrested in Bel Air.

When he was arrested, Covington said that "Thompson made admissions of guilt to detectives investigating the incident.”

Thompson was found guilty of:

  • First-degree murder;
  • Use of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence;
  • Possession of a regulated firearm under the age of 21;
  • Loaded handgun on a person;
  • Wear, carry, and transport of a handgun upon their person.

Sentencing has been set for Monday, May 15.

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