Defense Requests Trial Postponement in East 20th Street Attempted Murder Case

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On March 29, a Baltimore City judge granted a defense counsel’s request to postpone a hearing due to new evidence.

Stand-in defense attorney Taylor Miller and defendant Thomas Brooks appeared before Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Melissa Phinn to submit new evidence that was alleged to alter the case. 

According to the Maryland Judiciary website, Brooks, 37, and his co-defendant Steven Jones, 20, were charged with two counts of attempted murder, conspiracy to murder, first-degree assault, conspiracy to assault, firearm use in a felony violent crime, conspiracy, to use a firearm in a felony violent crime, handgun on his person, and wearing a handgun on this person in connection to a non-fatal shooting of a 45-year-old victim. The incident occurred on Feb. 22, 2022, on the 1000 block of East 20th Street

According to a previous hearing, Brooks’ sister went to officers claiming that she was strangled by her boyfriend. Later that day, Brooks and his nephew, Jones, allegedly went looking for his sister at her home. Upon arrival, Brooks found his sister’s boyfriend, shot him in the thigh, and left the home.

The prosecution asked Judge Pinn to schedule Brooks for trial first, though he is being tried with Jones.

Judge Phinn approved the request and scheduled for Brooks to begin trial on June 27 before Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Althea M. Handy. The trial is expected to last three days.

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