Co-Defendant in Ashton Street Murder Opts for Plea

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A Baltimore man is expected to plead guilty to the murder of 21-year-old Kevin Moody in the New Year after agreeing to a deal on Nov. 27.

Antonio Purisima, 23, was scheduled to go to trial on Tuesday before Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Charles H. Dorsey III, alongside his co-defendant, 21-year-old Jerritt Barron. While Barron proceeded with jury selection, Purisima’s case made its way to Judge Althea M. Handy where he agreed to plead guilty to first-degree murder.

Purisima’s sentencing was scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Jan. 30, 2024.

The defendant, who is represented by defense attorney Ronald Kurland, was also facing charges of conspiracy to first-degree murder, firearm use in a felony or violent crime, firearm possession with a felony conviction and having a loaded handgun in a vehicle.

The Baltimore Police Department (BPD) previously reported Purisima’s arrest in August 2022 for fatally shooting Moody on the 2200 block of Ashton Street on June 15, 2022. Moody was found with multiple gunshot wounds and died from his injuries at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

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