Defendant Accused of Shooting Ex-Girlfriend’s Boyfriend Rejects Plea Deal 

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A Baltimore City attempted murder defendant rejected a plea deal on July 6 for a case that was dismissed and reindicted on the same day.  

Defendant Isaac Baylis Jr. received a nolle pros on June 27 because the victim failed to show up to trial. The 38-year-old defendant was quickly indicted again that same day when prosecutors successfully contacted the victim. Baylis had already told his family he was coming home when he found out he was charged again. 

“How many times can this happen and still be legal?” said Baylis in frustration during reception court before Baltimore City Circuit Judge Melissa M. Phinn.

Defense attorney Isabel Lipman and the defendant rejected the prosecution’s plea offer of life, suspending all but 40 years. 

Judge Phinn scheduled the retrial for July 17 before Judge Charles J. Peters. It is expected to last four days.

Baylis is charged in connection to an Aug. 27, 2022, non-fatal shooting on the 700 block of Glenwood Avenue. According to court documents, Baylis argued with his mother of his child’s boyfriend earlier that day. Later, Baylis allegedly knocked on the victim’s door and shot him once in the forearm and once in the left buttock. 

Baylis is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, firearm possession with a felony conviction, possession of a firearm with a drug conviction, having a handgun on his person, having a loaded handgun on his person, firing a gun in Baltimore City and two counts of firearm use in a felony violent crime.

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