20-Year-Old Homicide Defendant Denied Bail For Killing One Victim and Injuring Another

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A 20-year-old Baltimore man accused of homicide was denied bail on Jan. 25 before Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Phillip Jackson

Jaesiah Neal is charged with first degree murder, first degree murder, firearm use/ federal violence, attempted first degree murder, conspiracy to murder in the first-degree, home invasion, conspiracy to home invasion, firearm use, handgun on person, firearm possession with a felony conviction, and possession of a firearm as a minor in connection to an incident on Oct. 15, 2021. 

On Tuesday, Judge Jackson listened as the prosecutor informed the court that there is video footage of the defendant climbing up the building across the street and watching what was happening in that room between the victim and his ex-girlfriend for several minutes prior to the murder.

She also said the defendant climbed the fire escape and shot the victim while he was in bed with his ex-girlfriend. 

In addition, the prosecutor added that the defendant should be denied bail and deemed him a threat to public safety and to the surviving victim. 

Neal’s defense attorney, Marci Johnson, argued that the defendant is at extreme risk of something happening to him while in jail. She also said there is a hit out on the defendant, requesting for him to be under protective custody after being arrested.  

In addition, Johnson added that the defendant has a long history of educational and psychological issues and needs treatment.

After listening to counsel, Judge Jackson deemed the defendant a public safety risk and denied bail. 

According to the Baltimore Sun, on Oct. 15, 2021, officers were called to the 5100 block of Curtis Avenue at approximately 10:41 p.m. for reports of shots being fired. They found 22-year-old Tayshawn David suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. 

Medics pronounced the victim dead at the scene. 

Neal’s next hearing is scheduled on May 26.

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