Judge Denies Bail for 2023 Attempted Murder Defendant

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On Feb. 6, a non-fatal shooting defendant was denied bail by Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Jennifer B. Schiffer

Gregory Barnes, 48, is charged with attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, firearm use in a felony violent crime, possession of a firearm during a controlled dangerous substance offense, firearm possession with a felony conviction, illegal possession of ammunition, possession of narcotics with the intent to distribute and reckless endangerment in connection to a Dec. 12, 2023, incident. 

Barnes’ public defender, Marianne Lima, argued that he should be released from prison into home detention. She stated that he turned 48-years-old in jail, was a high school graduate and had multiple children between the ages of 14-and-28.

She also told the court that Barnes no longer lived with the alleged victim, had no reason to see her and, if released, would be residing with his mother. 

Lima further argued that the majority of the evidence depended on the alleged victim’s testimony, a victim who apparently left the scene. Additionally, there was no actual firearm recovered.

Lima then mentioned that for two-and-a-half years before incarceration, Barnes had a job at Baltimore City Department of Public Works..

Judge Schiffer responded that Barnes was charged with a crime that held a five year minimum and noted that Barnes allegedly attempted to shoot the victim through her window. 

The judge concluded that Barnes would continue held in prison without bail. 

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