E. Hoffman Street Murder Defendant Rejects Life Plea, Trial Date Set

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A Baltimore City Circuit Court judge set a murder defendant’s trial for November on July 5.

Defendant Clipper Jordan was offered a plea of life, suspending all but 40 years with five years of probation for first-degree murder to run concurrently with a plea of 15 years with the first five without the possibility of parole for firearm use in a felony violent crime.

Defense attorney Isabel Lipman rejected this offer before Judge Melissa M. Phinn. Although the deadline for 32-year-old Jordan’s 180-day window for his trial to start based on his right to a speedy trial landed on Aug. 29, both parties agreed upon a four-day trial beginning on Nov. 13.

Due to counsel availability, Judge Phinn found cause to set the trial date past Jordan’s Hick’s date. She assigned the case to be heard before Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Jennifer B. Schiffer.

According to the Maryland Judiciary website, Jordan is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, firearm use in a felony violent crime, and having a handgun in a vehicle for an incident that occurred on Nov. 22, 2022. On the day of the incident, officers were called to the 2600 block of E. Hoffman Street for reports of a shooting.

On arrival, officers found 25-year-old Donte Miller suffering from a gunshot wound. Miller was taken to John Hopkins Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. Officers testified that Fenner’s silver Acura MDX could be seen on CCTV driving onto Hoffman Street before the crime and leaving the scene.

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