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Jury Finds District Man Guilty in Killing of Ex’s New Romantic Partner

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia
Victim Shot While In-Bed with Defendant’s Ex-Girlfriend, Who Also Suffered Injuries

            WASHINGTON –Marcus Walker, 23, of Washington, D.C., has been found guilty by a jury of second-degree murder while armed and other charges in the shooting of Erik King in the early hours of October 11, 2022, inside an apartment in Northeast Washington, D.C. announced U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves and Chief Pamela Smith, of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

            Walker was also found guilty of two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon of an adult female and six-year-old child who were in the room with Mr. King during the shooting, as well as second degree cruelty to children, three counts of possession of a firearm during a crime of violence, and possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device. The verdict was returned on May 7, 2024, following a trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The Honorable Robert Okun scheduled sentencing for July 19, 2024.  

            According to the government’s evidence, Walker was living in the living room of his ex-girlfriend’s apartment. Early in the morning of October 11, 2022, the defendant became upset that his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend, Erik King, were engaged in sexual relations in the bedroom of the apartment. Walker sent his ex-girlfriend aggressive text messages about the subject for approximately an hour.  He then burst in through the locked bedroom door and told the two to stop having sex. When they did not, the defendant shot Mr. King twice—once in the chest and another in the scrotum.  Mr. King died on scene.  A six-year-old child was also present in the bedroom when the shots were fired. 

            This case was investigated by the Metropolitan Police Department.

            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Lauren Galloway and Alec Levy.

Updated May 7, 2024

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 24-398