Salisbury man convicted of assault, firearm offenses

1280 Markel Barkley

SALISBURY, Md. – A Salisbury man has been convicted on assault and firearm charges following a two-day jury trial.

31-year-old Markel Barkley was convicted on Wednesday of first degree assault, firearm use in a crime of violence, illegal possession of a regulated firearm, and other related offenses.

The charges stem from an incident on October 11, 2022, when Barkley and his then-girlfriend were ending their relationship and the girlfriend told him to leave the residence of which she was the sole lessee. Barkley then reportedly brandished a handgun and pointed it at the victim’s head. The victim immediately began texting 911 and remained in text communication until troopers arrived and she ran from the residence. Barkley stepped out of the residence briefly but failed to comply with the trooper’s commands and went back inside, locking the door behind him. A few seconds later, police say he broke out the back window and fled.

The firearm, which was later determined to be an illegal, un-serialized firearm, also referred to as a “ghost gun”, was found at the back of the property, directly in line with the broken window. Barkley was located the next day during an unrelated call for service, following an extensive search including tactical units, canines, helicopters, and drones.

Sentencing was postponed pending the completion of a pre-sentence investigation. Barkley remains in custody pending sentencing.

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