Co-Defendant Pleads Guilty to Murder For Deadly Home Invasion in 2019

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One of the co-defendants accused in a deadly home invasion in 2019 has pleaded guilty to murder, among other charges.

On April 11, Aaron Butler and his co-defendant, Kahlil Madden, appeared before Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Schiffer for a jury trial. Butler opted for a plea agreement with the prosecution, while Madden’s proceeded with jury selection.

Butler, alongside his defense attorney, Andrea Jaskulsky, agreed to plead guilty to first-degree murder, firearm use in a felony violent crime, conspiracy to armed robbery, and conspiracy to first-degree burglary. His sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 7.

The 50-year-old defendant—accompanied by Madden, 29, and Donta Holdclaw, 48—was accused of breaking into the home of 31-year-old Jordan Taylor on Nov. 5, 2019, on the 4800 block of Clifton Avenue.

At the start of Madden’s trial on April 12, the prosecution said the three men forced their way into the home of Taylor and his wife by shooting through the door when Taylor tried to keep them from getting inside. After the victim was shot, the suspects allegedly yelled at Taylor’s wife for the location of a safe and then ransacked the home before leaving.

Madden is represented by defense attorney Staci Pipkin. Holdclaw’s case was dismissed following his death in 2022.

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