William Gant is a states' witness in the Pooh Blanchard murder trial. Gant is played by Larry Hull


He worked as a maintenance man that was employed by the Baltimore County Department of Social Services-Housing and part-time airport taxi driver. He also was a deacon at his church. He was a witness to the shooting of Pooh Blanchard by D'Angelo Barksdale. He came forward and identified D'Angelo in court at the trial. Gant was nervous because members of the Barksdale organization attended the trial deliberately to intimidate him. D'Angelo was acquitted when another witness, Nakeesha Lyles, changed her story.

Gant was murdered by Barksdale enforcer Marquis "Bird" Hilton on his way to work several days later.[1] His corpse is seen at the Medical Examiner's Office.[2]

Bird was later arrested for the murder and ballistics matched his gun to a bullet recovered at the scene. Bird was sentenced to life without parole for the murder in season 2. Wee Bey admitted to killing Gant during an interrogation with Bunk in exchange for another pit beef sandwich and some potato salad. Gant's shooting is brought up by his cousin at a community meeting in season 3 as a reason why people are not willing to co-operate with the police.


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