William Gant was a state's witness in the Pooh Blanchard homicide trial.


He worked as a maintenance man for the Baltimore County Department of Social Services-Housing at the Poe Homes public housing complex. Gant also worked as a part-time airport taxi driver. He witnessed D'Angelo Barksdale's shooting of Pooh Blanchard. He identified D'Angelo from a photo array.

Season 1 Edit

Despite the presence of four members of the Barksdale Organization at D'Angelo's trial, Gant reticently identified D'Angelo as Pooh's shooter. D'Angelo was acquitted when the other witness, Nakeesha Lyles, committed perjury, claiming that D'Angelo was not Blanchard's murderer. Gant was shot in the back of the head by Barksdale enforcer Marquis "Bird" Hilton at 200 N Amity Street on his way to work three days later.[1] Randall Frazier later inspected his corpse at the Medical Examiner's Office.[2]

Post-Death Edit

Bird was arrested for Gant's murder and the ballistics report matched his gun to a bullet recovered at the homicide scene. Roland Brice claimed to have murdered Gant during a deposition with Bunk.[3] Bird was sentenced to life without parole for Gant's murder in 2003.[4] During a Western District community meeting in 2004, William Gant's cousin claimed his murder is one of the reasons why many Baltimore citizens are unwilling to cooperate with the Baltimore Police Department.[5]


William Gant is a recurring character in the first season. He is played by guest star Larry Hull and debuts in "The Target".


Season 1 appearances
"The Target" "The Detail" * "The Buys" "Old Cases" "The Pager"
The Wire" "One Arrest" "Lessons" "Game Day" "The Cost"
"The Hunt" "Cleaning Up" "Sentencing"

* - Uncredited appearance

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