73-Year-Old Man Convicted of Double Homicide Attends Mental Health Court for Status Check

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A Baltimore City resident previously convicted for a 1973 double homicide was reported as compliant and doing well during a status check in mental health court on Aug. 2.

Defendant Gold Leroy Bass, Jr. was found guilty of first-degree murder and firearm use in a felony violent crime in 1973. The 73-year-old was scheduled for a retrial after serving 46 years in prison, but mental health professionals found him incompetent to stand trial and not restorable due to ongoing medical issues on July 6. 

Bass, represented by defense attorney Sharon Bogins Eberhart, was released and now lives with his family. He will remain under pretrial supervision and is scheduled to return to mental health court on Sept. 6 before 

Bass was convicted for the murders of Harry McGee and Nathaniel Sheppard on Dec. 21, 1973, outside the Wakefield Apartment complex on the 4900 block of Challedon Road. 

According to court documents, the shooting occurred during a drug exchange following a dispute over marijuana. The three were in a car together when Bass forced McGee to throw the drugs in the back seat of the car. When Bass moved to retrieve the drugs, he fatally shot McGee and Sheppard. He later claimed he shot out of self-defense.

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