Defendant Accused of Attempted Murder Pleads Guilty to Assault

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A 33-year-old man accused of attempted murder entered a plea on April 19 before Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Yolanda A. Tanner

Hughie Martin, was initially charged with second-degree attempted murder, first and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, use of a firearm during a violent crime, having a handgun on his person, having a handgun in a vehicle, and discharging firearms in connection to an incident on Sept. 25, 2020. 

Although there was no official plea offer made to the defendant, Judge Tanner listened as the victim gave his statement.

I’ve known the family for five years, the victim told Judge Tanner. They have kids and I don’t want to see bad things happen to the defendant in his life if he goes to prison, the victim continued. The victim said he shares a close relationship with Martin’s family and believes that Martin was just having a bad day at the time of the incident.

The victim’s wife was also present. She agreed with her husband that the defendant should not go to prison. “If this was my child, I would want the victim to have mercy on them as we do,” she said. 

According to court documents, on Sept. 25, 2020, at approximately 6:14 p.m., officers responded to a call at the 3100 block of W. Belvedere Ave for reported gunshots.  At the scene, they spoke with the victim who said he and the defendant got into an argument about trash in front of the store. During the argument, Martin pulled out a gun and fired a shot at him.

The victim was not injured; however, Martin fled the scene before police arrived. 

Prosecution and defense counsel agreed that the defendant will stay on home detention until a plea offer is made.

Martin was represented by defense attorney Warren Brown. 

The next hearing is scheduled for Aug. 15.

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