Defendant Denied Bail in Shooting Over Parking Spot

Baltimore Court Seal

A 55-year-old Baltimore man was denied bail on May 24 after an argument over a parking spot ended in a shooting in March.

According to the prosecution, Christopher Williams allegedly got into a verbal dispute with his neighbor on March 27 over a parking cone that was put in a parking spot near his residence. The victim told Baltimore Police Department officers that as the argument continued, Williams then went into his home and came back outside with a gun, firing three shots.

Shell casings were found outside the defendant’s home, the prosecutor told Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Jeannie J. Hong during the defendant’s bail review on Tuesday.

Williams’ defense attorney argued that the disagreement actually resulted in a physical altercation that left Williams bloody. While acknowledging that his client did fire a handgun, the defense attorney also noted that the gun was actually fired in the air, not at the victim.

Judge Hong denied Williams’ bail after considering his prior convictions of attempted murder and handgun violations in the 1980s.

Williams, who is charged with multiple counts of attempted murder and assault as well as reckless endangerment and four firearms charges, is scheduled to appear in court for an arraignment on June 10.