Acquitted: Closing Arguments in Greenmount Avenue Attempted Murder Case

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Editor’s note: The defendant was acquitted of all charges on Dec. 15.

On Dec. 14, the assistant state’s attorney and defense attorney Jason Rodriguez gave closing statements in front of Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Charles J. Peters

The defendant, Davon Jenkins, has been charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of attempted second-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, firearm use in a felony violent crime, reckless endangerment, firearm possession with a felony conviction, illegal possession of a regulated firearm, possession of firearms in a controlled dangerous substance offense , illegal possession of ammunition, having a loaded handgun on his person, carrying a handgun on his person and discharging a firearm in connection to an April 29, 2022, incident. 

In closing statements, the prosecution showed items that belonged to the victims–a pair of high school students who were walking home from school. The evidence included a hoodie and a couple of masks. The prosecution also provided several video clips allegedly of the defendant’s wearing the same clothing before and during the incident. There was no direct video of the shooter firing on the victims, however. 

Rodriguez suggested that the videos did not show the same person because the person in the footage didn’t match the defendant. Rodriguez said of the prosecution’s case against 39-year-old Jenkins, “It does not make any sense.” 

According to documents from the District Court of Maryland, Jenkins shot at two teenagers walking home from school on the 1200 block of Greenmount Avenue. One of the teenagers had been struck three times, with police recovering a total of five shell casings. Jenkins was identified from a tip to the Metro Crime Stoppers hotline. 

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