Homicide Defendant to Stand Trial in August After Rejecting Plea

A 51-year-old Baltimore man accused of murder rejected a plea offer of 50 years on Jan. 25.

Shawn Purvis is charged with first-degree murder and four weapons charges for fatally shooting 47-year-old Ali Bey after a dispute on June 3, 2021, on the 1900 block of 20th Street, according to the Baltimore Police Department.

On Tuesday, Purvis and his defense attorney, Robert Cohen, appeared in Baltimore City Circuit Court before Judge Melissa M. Phinn, where he rejected a plea of life, suspending all but 50 years, and five years probation for first-degree murder.

Counsel agreed on a trial date of Aug. 8 before Judge Yolanda A. Tanner.