Attempted Murder Charges Dismissed in East Madison Street Shooting After Prosecutor Unable to Find Victim

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A Baltimore City Circuit Court judge granted the prosecution’s request to dismiss the attempted murder case against 19-year-old Michael Reed after several unsuccessful attempts to find the victim.

On April 19, the prosecutor informed Judge Melissa Copeland that she had repeatedly attempted to locate the male victim, who she noted has moved several times since the incident on Nov. 24, 2020. The prosecutor had also spoken with the victim’s mother who would not provide his location.

In light of this information, Judge Copeland dismissed the case, which had seen multiple postponements over the past two and a half years.

Reed was represented by defense attorney James Sweeting III.

The 16 charges against Reed, who was 17 at the time of the incident, included attempted first and second-degree murder, first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and 12 weapons charges for an incident on Nov. 24, 2020.

According to court documents, Baltimore Police were called to a residence on the 1600 block of E. Madison Street and found the victim laying at the bottom of the steps with gunshots wounds to his face, left buttock, right hand and chest. Officers who spoke with witnesses identified a person known as “Mikey” who was identified as the defendant via photo arrays.

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