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Jury Finds Wicomico County Man Guilty of First-Degree Murder

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Larry Ennis (Photo: Salisbury Police Department) Larry Ennis (Photo: Salisbury Police Department)
America's Best Value Inn crime scene (Photo: WBOC) America's Best Value Inn crime scene (Photo: WBOC)

SALISBURY, Md - A jury has found Larry Ennis guilty of murder in the shooting death of a Wicomico County teen this past summer. 

After five hours of deliberation a Wicomico County Circuit Court jury found Ennis guilty on all 14 counts he faced, including first-degree murder, following a shooting outside the America's Best Value Inn in Salisbury last August.

Ennis was arrested along with Jarrett Stokes and Ky'Shir Connally. All three of them are charged with the murder of 17-year-old Rakim Russell.

On Wednesday morning, the prosecution called its star witness in this case.  The young man was the driver of the car that included Ennis, Stokes and Connally when the shooting took place.  The driver testified Ennis and Connally had gotten into arguments with other people at the party being held at the hotel last August.  Connally, Ennis and the driver all left the party and the young man testified Ennis suggested they call and pick up Jarrett Stokes.

The driver of the car testified they picked up Stokes and the four of them drove back to the America's Best Value Inn.  The driver also told the jury he noticed Stokes had a gun wrapped in a cloth sitting in his lap.

According to the driver, he pulled into the parking lot next to the hotel and the three other men were looking for a particular person in the crowd of people outside the America's Best Value Inn.  The driver also testified that he believed the three other men wanted to fist fight someone in the crowd.  However, according to his testimony, nobody got out of the car and Stokes began to fire shots out of the car into the crowd.

The driver pulled away and counted a total of four shots.  He testified that he received a phone call later that evening and was told that 17-year-old Rakim Russell had been shot and killed.  The driver testified that Ennis began to worry that he and the others were "going down."

The driver in this case has already pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, first-degree assault, and a handgun charge.  In exchange for his testimony against Ennis, Connally, and Stokes, the driver is facing 15 years behind bars for his role in the crime.

Ennis was found guilty Thursday of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, and 10 other charges.  After the verdicts were read in court, Ennis was visibly upset as he was placed into handcuffs.  

Before he was led away, Ennis turned to the mother of Rakim Russell and said, "I'm sorry.  I didn't mean it.  I didn't do nothing."

A pre-sentence investigation has been ordered and must be completed before Ennis is sentenced at a future date.  

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