Man convicted of killing over a football bet gets 30 years

BALTIMORE - A Baltimore man convicted of stabbing a man to death following a dispute over a football wager was sentenced to 30 years in prison with all but 12 years suspended followed by three year probation.

According to the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office, at approximately 3 p.m. on Feb. 19, 2012, Todd Marrow and another unidentified man pulled up to a home in the 1300 block of McHenry Street and got out of a black Nissan 350Z.

At about the same time, the victim, Orville Chamblee, exited a nearby home and walked toward the vehicle. An altercation between Marrow and Chamblee then occurred, which was caught on a surveillance camera.

According the State's Attorney's Office, the investigation revealed that Marrow and Chamblee had an argument about a football bet that Marrow refused to pay. When Marrow discovered that his tires were slashed the day prior to the murder, he went to Chamblee's girlfriend and announced that he was looking for him. Marrow declined the girlfriend's suggestion to contact police, saying it was too easy to get locked up in prison. Instead, he said, he wanted to "crucify" Chamblee. Marrow later admitted to police that he fought with Chamblee, but he denied using a weapon.

Chamblee was discovered unresponsive approximately five blocks away from the scene of the attack. He was declared dead at 3:48 p.m. at Shock Trauma. The cause of death, according to the medical examiner, was a puncture wound to his right thigh that lacerated a major vein and artery.

In July, Marrow was convicted of second-degree murder and use of a deadly weapon with the intent to injure. The State sought the maximum sentence for second-degree murder: 30 years in prison.

"This was a tragic and senseless murder over a minor dispute that should have been resolved with a conversation, not a killing," State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein said in a statement. "I commend the police and our prosecutor for fighting to produce justice for the victim and his loved ones, and we hope this outcome will help them to achieve a sense of closure."


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