Attempted Murder Defendant Denied Bail After Being Deemed a Safety Threat

On Nov. 18, a Baltimore man charged with attempted murder was deemed a public threat and therefore denied bail before Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Cynthia H. Jones

Kinard Smith is charged with three counts each of first and second-degree attempted murder, three counts each of first and second-degree assault, use of a firearm during a felony violent crime, having a handgun on his person, having a handgun in a vehicle, having a loaded handgun in a vehicle, and having a loaded handgun on his person in connection to an incident on Sept. 21. 

According to a news release, officers were called to the 1300 block of N. Fremont Avenue for reports of shots being fired, where an 18-year-old male victim was found suffering from a gunshot to the leg. 

Smith’s defense counsel argued that his client has significant family ties. He is 29 years old, with a five-year-old daughter and another child on the way. Before the incident, he worked for the postal service but got suspended because of his charges.

Smith has no prior record; however, he has three active cases, two of them in Baltimore City circuit court appear to have happened on the same day, with the most significant charge being the attempted murder. 

There is no physical evidence, nor was any DNA or firearm recovered. Smith’s counsel requested that he get released on home detention. 

The prosecutor claimed that the defendant opened fire on more than one person and had access to two handguns in a short period. She recommended no bail for the defendant. 

Judge Jones deemed the defendant a public safety threat, denying him bail. 

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