Quinzell Covington didn’t call himself a hit man. Instead, he preferred “murder consultant.”
That’s just one of the fascinating details in Justin Fenton’s Baltimore Sun story about Covington’s recent testimony in a murder trial. The 29-year-old revealed that he preferred big guns, and that he killed the two men in question not for money, but as a favor to his friend Justin Berry. (Berry had previously been profiled in the Sun as a promising boxer with hopes of making it to the Olympics.)
When Covington got arrested for a different murder a few months later, he called in that favor, asking Berry to get him a lawyer. Berry didn’t help him out, which is perhaps why Covington testified against him. (Also: Covington is already serving 25 years for a Baltimore County murder; perhaps he felt he had nothing to lose by being honest.)
If you’re curious about how these kinds of crimes are planned and carried out, the Sun story has plenty more where that came from.