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2005 case reopened by Police in 2016

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Today, Judge Sean Wallace sentenced 61-year old Michael Duvall to 30 years in prison for the 2005 second degree murder of Brian Moses, announced State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy at a press conference.

“Mr. Moses’ murder was a senseless tragedy and 14 years is a very long time for a family to have wait on justice for a loved one. Mr. Duvall will finally pay for his crime. I want to thank the City of Laurel Police Department and my prosecutors for the incredible work they did to finally bring this case to a close,” said State’s Attorney Braveboy. “I also want to thank the family of Brian Moses, particularly his mother Shirley Bell, who turned her pain into action by creating the Laurel City Crime Solvers to assist other families who are facing similar circumstances.” Braveboy was joined by City of Laurel Police Chief Russ Hamill along with the lead detective on the case, Adam Cheek.

Michael Duvall

“The conviction and sentencing of Michael Duvall in the homicide of Brian Moses is an excellent example of dedicated police work and commitment from the State’s Attorney’s Office to ensure that justice is served. The family and friends of Mr. Moses can finally rest with the knowledge that the person responsible for the murder of their loved one is being held accountable for the crime,” said Chief Hamill. “I know this conviction does little to assuage the pain and anguish for Brian’s parents, and other family and friends, but I am hopeful that the efforts of the Laurel Police Department and the State’s Attorney’s Office bring them, and the Laurel community, some peace and comfort moving forward.”

Brian Moses

Moses, 20, was stabbed on September 15, 2005. According to investigators, he was found semiconscious in a car that had been involved in a single-vehicle wreck on West Street near Laurel City Hall. He was rushed to Prince George’s Hospital and died on October 9, 2005. At the time police didn’t have enough evidence to make an arrest. In 2016, the case was reopened. With information from a key witness police were able to arrest Duvall. During the trial prosecutors argued that he killed Moses for selling him fake drugs. Duvall was found guilty on October 24, 2019. Contact: Denise Roberts | Phone: 240-832-4970 | Email:

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