Homicide Defendant Gets Trial Date in Reception Court

A man accused of fatally shooting a 39-year-old man in May received a trial date on Nov. 23 during reception court at Baltimore City Circuit Court. 

Gerald Smith, 41, is charged with first-degree murder, felony use of a firearm in a violent crime, and firearm possession with a felony conviction in connection to an incident on May 2. He allegedly shot Marvis Pollock on the 2600 block of West Fairmont Avenue. He is also charged with first-degree murder for allegedly shooting Brittaney Hayes-Smith, 31, on May 3 on the 2800 block of Clifton Park Terrace.

On Tuesday, the prosecution presented an offer of life without parole for first-degree murder. Defense attorney Karyn Meriwether rejected this offer on behalf of Smith. 

The defendant was offered the same plea in the other case where he is also charged with first-degree murder, but the plea was, once again, rejected. Further details of the other case were not discussed. 

Judge Melissa M. Phinn set a trial date for June 14, 2022.