Homicide Defendant Rejects Plea for 2nd Time

A 21-year-old Baltimore man accused of fatally shooting a man in the head nearly two years ago rejected the same plea for a second time on Jan. 25.

Singelton Duppins is charged with first-degree murder, use of a firearm in a felony violent crime, possession of a firearm as a minor, and two counts of second-degree assault in connection an incident on Feb. 28, 2020.

The Baltimore Sun previously reported that the defendant allegedly shot Graham Blake in the back of the head, killing him, shortly before 11 p.m. on the 2500 block of Gibbons Avenue.

On Tuesday in Baltimore City Circuit Court, the prosecution reiterated a plea of life, suspending all but 50 years, with five years of supervised probation for first-degree murder, and a concurrent 20 years, the first five years without parole, for use of a firearm in a felony violent crime.

The plea was initially offered in September of 2021.

Defense attorney Landon White, once again, rejected the offer, as counsel is awaiting the results from Duppins’ mental health evaluation, which are expected on Feb. 9 before Judge Gale E. Rasin.

Following his appearance in mental health court, Duppins is expected to return to reception court on April 5.