Judge Postpones Scheduling Hearing for Defendant Accused of Fatally Stabbing Another Inmate

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Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Melissa M. Phinn granted counsel’s mutual request to postpone a defendant’s hearing due to the “sensitive nature of factual bases” on Jan. 10. 

Counsel selected a new reception court date, believing “the problem will be resolved by then.”

Defendant Cristino Flores-Perez, 26, is charged with first-degree murder and the use of a deadly weapon with intent to injure in connection to the fatal stabbing of Shane Burton on Aug. 27, 2021. 

According to court documents, on the day of the incident, the Department of Public Safety Correctional Services was called to the Maryland Reception Diagnostic Classification Center (MRDCC) for a report of an inmate-on-inmate assault. 

On arrival, the chief of security saw that Burton had been assaulted by another inmate and pronounced him deceased on the scene. 

The victim had sustained 11 stab wounds, according to doctors at John Hopkins Hospital.

Flores-Perez’ scheduling hearing was postponed until April 12. 

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