ACQUITTED: Judge Grants Defense Motion to Dismiss in 2022 Murder Case

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On Feb. 22, Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Anthony F. Vittoria oversaw a judgment of acquittal for a 21-year-old defendant in a homicide committed on April 19, 2022.

Isaiah Bell was charged with first-degree murder and use of a firearm during a felony violent crime. 

Judge Vittoria granted defense’s motion for judgment of acquittal for the first-degree murder charge, the jury found the defendant not guilty of second-degree murder and the verdict was not rendered for the charge of firearm use.

According to previous coverage, defense attorney Andrea Jaskulsky stated there was no physical evidence to prove that Bell was at present during the time of the incident.

Court documents state that on the date of the crime, Baltimore Police Department officers were dispatched to the 1800 block of Wilhelm Street for a ShotSpotter alert. After surveying the area, 21-year-old Caron McCaskill, was found in a grocery store on the 300 block of South Monroe Street suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. McCaskill was transported by the Baltimore Fire Department to R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, where he was  pronounced dead.

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