2022 | Courts

UPDATED: Boyds man convicted of Silver Spring murder tied to marijuana deal

Plan was to rob victim of cash, according to police

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This story was updated at 11:35 a.m. on April 7, 2022, to include a comment from Joshua Toure’s attorney

A Boyds man was convicted Tuesday of a Silver Spring murder that prosecutors say stemmed from a marijuana deal that turned violent.

Joshua Toure, 26, was charged with killing 28-year-old Joseph Davis in December 2019, according to the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office.

According to authorities, when Toure met Davis that day and robbed him during a marijuana deal.

Police got a call for a shooting in the 2000 block of Tree Top Lane around 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 22. They found Davis lying in the middle of the road with multiple wounds, according to police.

Toure fired six shots and struck Davis three times, authorities said.

According to witnesses, Davis was on the hood of a black SUV yelling “stop” and demanding his money back from Toure. They saw a physical struggle between Davis and Toure and heard gunshots, according to police.

As the two moved down the street, there were more shots fired before the SUV drove away and Toure ran toward another nearby street, according to police.

Davis allegedly told officers while in an ambulance that he was shot by “Son Son,” who they identified as Toure.

Davis died of his injuries on Dec. 25, 2019, according to police.

A “confidential informant” told investigators in February 2020 that Toure and another man, Damontae Garner, planned to rob Davis of cash when they met up to sell Davis marijuana.

On Tuesday, a jury in Circuit Court convicted Toure of first-degree felony murder, second-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, according to the State’s Attorney’s Office.

He faces life in prison, plus an additional 20 years. A sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Patrick Hanifin, an attorney representing Toure, wrote in an email to Bethesda Beat on Thursday that they are disappointed in the verdict.

“We believe we generated enough evidence (and lack thereof by the State) to prove that a robbery was never planned by Joshua Toure and therefore a conviction of felony murder should not have resulted,” he wrote.

Hanifin wrote that Toure “testified very candidly and truthfully regarding the events of December 22, 2019.”

“Our focus remains on the sentencing portion of this case. Of course Mr. Toure has his right to appeal,” he wrote.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com