Defense Requests Postponement for Alleged Gas Station Shooter

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On Feb. 5, Keith Anderson approached Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Melissa K. Copeland, in reception court seeking a new trial date. Gregory Fischer, the defense attorney standing in for Michael Cooper, told Judge Copeland that Cooper was sick and could not make it to court.

Anderson, 45, is facing a first-degree murder charge, firearm use in a felony violent crime and firearm possession with a felony conviction. He seemed upset when he found out he will not be going to trial until May 28.

When Fischer and the assistant state’s attorney agreed upon the date, Anderson said, “I feel misrepresented by Michael Cooper and would like someone else to represent me.”

However, Judge Copeland said if he were to drop Cooper as his counsel, he would forfeit his right to have any public defender represent him. After a lengthy discussion with Fischer, Anderson agreed to keep Cooper as his attorney.

Both the defense and prosecution anticipate five days for the trial.

According to documents from the District Court of Maryland, on June 22, 2022, officers from the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) responded to a BP gas station on the 1900 block of Belair Road following reports that there was an unresponsive victim at that location.

After an autopsy, it was determined that the victim, 29-year-old Markeece Jordan had been shot three times and died because of the injuries. Security footage from the BP gas station captured the entire crime, and witnesses identified Anderson as the alleged shooter.

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