Convicted Homicide Defendant’s Sentencing Postponed After Transport Issues

The sentencing of a Baltimore man who was found guilty of murder in August was postponed Nov. 15 after there were issues transporting the defendant to Baltimore City Circuit Court.

Clifford Knight, 24, was found guilty of first and second-degree murder, use of a handgun in a violent crime, and possession of a handgun in a vehicle on Aug. 13.

On Monday, Knight was scheduled for sentencing at 9 a.m. in courtroom 230 in the Cummings Courthouse; however, after more than two hours of waiting, the family of the victim, 26-year-old Ronald Lewis, learned the sentencing was postponed.

The prosecutor assigned to the case confirmed with Baltimore Witness that the sentencing was postponed as there were issues transporting Knight to court.

The Maryland Judiciary website had not updated a new sentencing date as of Monday afternoon.

During the trial, prosecutors alleged that Knight lured Lewis to a midnight ambush on May 14, 2020, on the 100 block of Violet Hill White Way across the street from the University of Maryland’s School of Pharmacy. The prosecution’s case relied on circumstantial evidence, while defense attorney Robert Cole argued that there was “zero direct evidence.”

Knight was found guilty before a 12-person jury after a two-day trial.