Counsel’s Inability to Agree on Date Delays Attempted Murder Trial

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Counsel in the case of 33-year-old Sterling Coleman were unable to agree upon a trial date for an attempted murder case on March 1 and planned to rectify scheduling issues on a later date.

The defendant is currently facing attempted murder, assault, reckless endangerment and numerous weapons charges in connection to the shooting of a 32-year-old man on Aug. 27, 2023, on the 400 block of North Eutaw Street, the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) previously reported. Coleman was arrested nearly a month later on the 3000 block of East Madison Street.

During Friday’s proceeding, the prosecution offered Coleman a plea of 60 years, suspending all but 25 years, the first five years without parole, and five years of supervised probation for attempted first-degree murder.

The defendant and his attorney, Roya Hanna, rejected the plea, which would have required Coleman to register as a gun offender.

Counsel attempted to schedule Coleman’s trial before his Hicks date on May 11—the defendant’s right to be tried within 180 days of his or his defense attorney’s first court appearance. However, after much back and forth, counsel decided to further discuss potential trial dates before returning to Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Melissa K. Copeland’s reception court.

The prosecution noted that the trial is expected to last three days.

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