Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Antonio Eugene Diggs, 30, of Baltimore, was found guilty of first degree murder, armed robbery, and related charges by an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court jury.
"Antonio Diggs stole the life of one man, and immediately set out to put another life in danger," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "While I know the tragic loss of Mr. Ford weighs heavy on the hearts of his loved ones, I hope his family, as well as our community in general, find some solace in the knowledge that his assailant has been brought to justice."
On January 13, 2017 at approximately 10:15 PM, Nathan Ford, 24, walked from the New Starr Inn in Odenton toward his home on the 2200 block of Conquest Way. As he walked through a wooded area and onto Canteen Circle, Ford was approached by Antonio Diggs.
Diggs was armed with a large caliber revolver and demanded that Ford surrender his property. After taking the victim's cell phone, Diggs fired four shots, striking the victim once in the side of the head and once in the left thigh.
The victim ran from Diggs and made it to the side yard of his home before collapsing on the ground, where he subsequently died from his wounds.
During their investigation, Anne Arundel County Police learned that approximately forty minutes after killing Ford, Diggs used the same revolver to rob a female victim in the parking lot of a supermarket. Diggs pleaded guilty to this armed robbery on September 19, 2017.
The murder of Nathan Ford was presented to an Anne Arundel County jury over the course of a five day trial. On the sixth day, the jury deliberated for approximately ninety minutes before finding Antonio Diggs guilty on all counts. Sentencing is scheduled for January 17, 2017.
Judge Michele D. Jaklitsch presided over the case. Deputy State's Attorney Jonathon Church and Assistant State's Attorney April Skrenczuk prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.