Homicide Defendant Rejects a Plea of Four Life Sentences

On Sept. 16, a Baltimore man charged with homicide rejected a plea of life before Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Melissa Phinn.

Keith Fleming is charged with first-degree murder, nine counts of attempted first and second-degree murder, first and second-degree arson, nine counts of first and second-degree assault, nine counts of reckless endangerment, and multiple firearm charges in connection to an incident on Sept. 14, 2021. 

According to a news release, at 5:40 a.m., the Baltimore City Fire Department was called to the 800 block of Abbott Court in response to a fire. Once firefighters were able to extinguish the fire they found the remains of 55-year-old Pamela Pitts. 

Fleming and his defense attorneys Janet Andersen and Robert Cohen rejected a plea of four life sentences for first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder, and first-degree assault. 

Fleming’s trial is scheduled for April 14, 2023 and is expected to last seven days.