Man Convicted of Killing AFRO Security Guard

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Michael Hunter faces a maximum of life plus 20 years, having been convicted by a Baltimore City Circuit Court jury of first-degree murder and other charges in the death of 72-year-old Charles Bowman Sr., an AFRO security guard.

Hunter and co-defendant Troy Taylor entered the carryout (Yau’s) at 29th Street and Greenmount Avenue on April 8, 2010, and demanded money from the three customers inside.

During the armed robbery, Hunter shot and killed the Vietnam veteran, who routinely bought his dinner at the restaurant en route to his job as an overnight security guard at the Baltimore Afro American Newspaper. The robbery yielded $13.

Taylor, 19, pled guilty in March 2011 to first-degree murder, the use of a handgun in the commission of a crime, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, and other charges. He was sentenced to life, with all but 35 years suspended.

The jury convicted Hunter, 20, of first-degree murder, three counts of using a handgun in the commission of a crime, and armed robbery. Scheduled for sentencing on Nov. 23, he faces a maximum of life plus 120 years.

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Assistant State's Attorney Theresa M. Shaffer prosecuted both cases.