Attorneys Negotiate Over a Plea Deal for Homicide Defendant 

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On Sept. 27, Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Melissa M. Phinn set a trial date for 19-year-old defendant James Jenkins III.  

According to the Maryland Judiciary website, Jenkins is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, use of a firearm in a felony violent crime, conspiracy to use a firearm in a felony violent crime, having a handgun in a vehicle and having a handgun on his person in connection to the incident on June 30, 2022.

The assistant state’s attorney stated that the first plea offered to the defendant was a life sentence for first-degree murder without further details, but he said plea negotiations with Jenkins’ defense attorney, Marci T. Johnson, were still ongoing. 

Judge Phinn scheduled a five-day trial to begin on Feb. 1, 2024, before Judge Dana M. Middleton

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