Avon Ball, witness to an earlier incident in which he was shot, killed on his first night "off the box."
Apparently, he had gotten into an argument with a man back in 2007, and several men followed him to his house, where they pulled a gun on Ball. His friend said "shoot me," and they did, When Ball ran, they shot after him and he was injured.But police said he didn't make it home. He and a friend were involved in an argument early Saturday at a downtown club, and detectives believed they were followed to the intersection of Madison Avenue and West Preston Street, where they were shot multiple times.
Ball, 26, died at an area hospital and his unidentified friend was critically injured. Sgt. Eric Kowalczyk, a police spokesman, said a "person of interest" was being questioned.
He testified against two men, who were convicted, one of murder, the other of assault, and the men received stiff sentences (75 years for assault, 2 life terms plus 175 years), but their conviction was thrown out by the Court of Special Appeals. They were supposed to stand trial next year, and Ball was again slated to testify. Now he can't.
Still, the article doesn't mention why he was on the box. Could it be from his conviction in 2011 for First and Second Degree Assault, which he was given an actual prison sentence of four years (after taking off suspended time)? Why wasn't he in prison?