Attempted Murder Suspect’s Case Dismissed the Day of Trial

The case of an attempted murder suspect was dismissed on Jan. 20, the day he was originally scheduled for a jury trial.

A January 2022 trial date was specially set for 40-year-old Melvin Tucker last August for multiple attempted murder, assault, reckless endangerment, and weapons charges in connection to a non-fatal shooting on Dec. 15, 2019. Over the course of the summer, Tucker rejected multiple plea offers, including 50 years, suspending all but eight years, for attempted second-degree murder, and a concurrent five years without parole for firearm use in a violent crime.

The defendant was later presented with a reduced offer of 25 years, suspending all but eight, for attempted second-degree murder; five years without the possibility of parole for using a handgun in a violent crime; and three years for reckless endangerment, with three years of supervised probation upon release.

On Thursday, a state’s attorney informed Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge John S. Nugent that Tucker’s case was changed from a jury trial to a judge trial but was later dismissed. The reason for dismissal was not discussed.

Defense attorney Robert Cole could not be reached for comment.