Defendant Accused of ‘Accidentally’ Shooting Himself Set for March Trial

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Defense counsel in the case of 36-year-old Timothy Sutton will challenge the prosecution’s allegation that the defendant shot himself, despite Sutton’s police statement that he was the victim of a robbery.

Sutton is currently charged with four weapons charges, including discharging a firearm in Baltimore City, as well as giving a false statement to a police officer in connection to a non-fatal shooting on April 29.

During reception court on Nov. 30, the prosecution offered Sutton a plea of seven years, the first five years without parole, for firearm possession with a felony conviction and a concurrent six months for giving a false statement to a police officer. Sutton and his attorney, Marci Johnson, rejected the offer.

Counsel agreed on a two-day trial to begin on March 26 before Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Yolanda A. Tanner.

Court documents state the defendant walked into Franklin Square Hospital with a gunshot wound around 10:41 p.m. earlier this year. Sutton reportedly told the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) that he was robbed at gunpoint on the 5800 block of Belair Road. However, officers noted Sutton changed the location of the shooting multiple times during his interview with police.

The BPD also disputed Sutton’s version of events after reviewing surveillance footage from Belair Road, during which a gunshot is heard and Sutton is seen holding his left leg and limping to a vehicle. A detective wrote in the court documents that police believe Sutton “shot himself accidentally and fabricated the story of him being robbed to cover the self-inflicted accidental shooting.”

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