In January 2009, a cab driver was found dead in the driver’s seat of his cab on North Bond Street in Southeast Baltimore. In March 2009, authorities arrested and charged the man they believe is responsible for the killing. While the defendant’s first trial in July of last year ended in a mistrial, the second had a very different outcome.
Last week, a jury in Baltimore Circuit Court convicted the 22-year-old defendant of first-degree murder. Jurors also convicted him of using a handgun in the commission of a violent crime and robbery with a deadly weapon.
According to the prosecution, the defendant called a cab company in Frederick, asking for a ride to Baltimore. When he learned he did not have enough money to pay for a ride to his intended destination, he apparently told the cab dispatcher he only needed a ride to a convenience store approximately a mile away.
A cab driver was sent to the defendant’s house just after midnight. Roughly four hours later, he was found in his cab in Baltimore with a gunshot wound to his head.
Prosecutors argued this murder was only one incident in a 10-day crime spree in 2009. They claimed the defendant, allegedly a member of the “L Gang,” also stole a gun in Howard County and carjacked someone in Frederick during that time period. The gun charges have been dropped, but the carjacking case is currently pending.
Murder charges are some of the most serious criminal offenses. The penalties for murder conviction in Maryland are severe. In this particular case, the defendant faces a lifetime prison sentence, in addition to 20 years behind bars. This illustrates that anyone charged with murder, attempted murder or a related charge needs to seek knowledgeable and experienced legal representation immediately.