Father-Son Co-Defendants’ Attempted Murder Case Placed on Stet Docket

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A father and son accused of an attempted murder at a Royal Farms gas station last summer had their case put on the Baltimore City Circuit Court’s stet docket on May 24.

Romarise Scott Jr. appeared before Judge Paul Alpert on May 23 when he rejected the prosecution’s offer of two years for accessory after the fact in connection to the shooting of a female cashier at the Royal Farms on the 5800 block of Eastern Avenue on July 2, 2022. The 34-year-old defendant, who was represented by defense attorney James Sweeting III, elected to proceed with a jury trial and face life plus 54 and a half years for attempted murder, assault, reckless endangerment, armed robbery, conspiracy, accessory after the fact, theft, and weapons charges.

When the defendant and counsel returned on Wednesday, however, Scott’s case was placed on the stet docket. Under the conditions of a stet, either the prosecution or defense can reopen the case for any reason within the first year and may do so in the second or third year by showing good cause.

Sweeting had no comment in regards to the case being placed on the stet docket.

Romarise Scott Sr., 56, also had his charges placed on the stet docket on May 26, having originally been scheduled to appear in court on June 5.

A third co-defendant, 35-year-old Keith Hicks, previously accepted a plea offer on Tuesday and is currently serving a 25-year sentence for attempted first-degree murder, armed robbery, and firearm use in a felony violent crime. Hicks was represented by defense attorneys Robert Cohen and Janet Andersen.

According to court documents, Hicks committed the armed robbery inside the gas station and shot the victim in her chest before driving away with Scott Jr. and Scott Sr.

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