Defendant in 2022 Death of MTA Driver Takes Plea

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Hours into jury selection, a 54-year-old defendant accepted a plea bargain instead on Sept. 5 before Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Robert K. Taylor, Jr

After previously rejecting the offer for life suspending all but 50 years for the first-degree murder of 40-year-old Elaine Jackson, Leon Hill changed his mind. 

Hill and his attorney, Marc L. Zayon, will next appear in court for his sentencing hearing on Jan. 19, 2024. 

Hill was charged with first-degree murder, firearm use in a felony violent crime, having a handgun on his person and having a handgun in his vehicle in connection to the Oct. 18, 2022, incident on the 1500 block of Washington Boulevard.

According to documents from the District Court of Maryland, Jackson was leaving her job at the Maryland Transit Administration when Hill stopped her at her car and began to argue with her. A witness told police that Jackson screamed before Hill shot her.

Hill was extradited from Georgia to be tried in this case. 

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