Men charged with violent crimes after taxi driver death

Two young men are facing serious criminal charges after they allegedly shot an Annapolis cab driver. The 41-year-old driver was shot while working on March 12, according to official reports. The 23-year-old and 17-year-old defendants are accused of violent crimes including first- and second-degree murder, along with weapons charges and others.

Authorities say that a neighbor found the victim’s vehicle in his driveway. Inside the vehicle, investigators found blood and identified signs of a struggle. However, the taxi driver was not in his vehicle. Instead, his body was found in another location, having been transported to another driveway up the street in the Crownsville, Maryland, neighborhood.

The two defendants are facing murder charges because of several key pieces of evidence, according to local officers. Authorities say that they recovered .45 caliber rounds that resembled those found at the crime scene when they searched a stolen truck that was also found at the crime scene. Further, clothing with the victim’s blood was also found in that vehicle.

Officers allege that at least one of the defendants’ fingerprints were also found inside the victim’s taxi. That evidence pointed to the younger defendant, who was already in custody because of burglary charges. He identified his partner, and the older man was arrested shortly after the incident. News reports do not indicate whether the two men are still in custody at this time.

Criminal defendants who are facing murder charges may not know where to begin in their criminal defense. These defendants may benefit from the assistance of a criminal attorney in Baltimore, Maryland. A professional lawyer may be able to present legal options and help defendants make decisions about their criminal cases. An attorney is a valuable ally and advocate for criminal defendants in court.

Source:  CBS Baltimore, “2 Charged In Murder Of Annapolis Cab Driver Shot On The Job” No author given, Mar. 20, 2014