On June 24, 2021, after a four (4) day jury trial, Elijah Tyrell Cowart of Salisbury, Maryland, was convicted of three (3) counts of Attempted First Degree Murder, one (1) count of Firearm Use in a Violent Crime, two (2) counts of Illegal Possession of a Firearm and related charges.
The Honorable S. James Sarbanes, Administrative Judge of the Circuit Court for Wicomico County, presided over the trial. Sentencing was postponed to allow for a pre-sentencing investigation to be completed.
On January 25. 2019, Elijah Cowart and others stole three firearms from a residence on Hayes Avenue in Salisbury, Maryland. On January 29. 2019, Cowart and others fired rounds from the stolen firearms into a minivan occupied by two (2) adults and one (1) sixteen-month-old child on Light Street in Salisbury, Maryland.
Miraculously, all occupants of the vehicle survived the shooting. At the time of this offense. Cowan was prohibited from possessing a firearm due to two (2) prior convictions for crimes of violence.
Wicomico County State’s Attorney (SA) Jamie L Dykes commended the members of the Salisbury Police Department for their work in the investigation, specifically thanking Detective Schmidt for his hard work and diligence in this investigation. SA Dykes also commended Assistant State’s Attorney Lauren Bourdon, who prosecuted the case.
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