Judge Postpones Trial and Orders a Competency Evaluation for Homicide Defendant

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On Sept. 12, Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey M. Geller postponed a trial for 24-year-old Jayquan Bridgeman, believing that the defendant should be evaluated for mental illness. 

According to the Maryland Judiciary website, Bridgeman was charged with first-degree murder and having a deadly weapon with intent to injure.

Judge Melissa. M. Phinn scheduled a trial for Nov. 9 for the 24-year-old homicide defendant.

Judge Phinn asked the defendant’s mother if she believed a competency exam should take place and she agreed. Bridgeman, 24, and his attorney, Isabel Lipman, will next appear in reception court on Nov. 9 for discussing the results of his competency evaluation and potentially scheduling his trial.

Documents from the District Court of Maryland for Baltimore City state that on Oct. 5, 2022, a Baltimore Police Department (BPD) officer responded to the 1400 block of N. Central Ave in reference to a cutting. Upon arrival, the officer was met by a witness who identified the defendant and the victim, 43-year-old Michael Washington. The witness advised the police that Bridgeman stabbed Washington with a switchblade in the abdomen. Baltimore City medics responded and transported the victim to Johns Hopkins Hospital. Despite all medical efforts, however, Washington was pronounced deceased. 

Court documents also state that the defendant came to the victim’s residence and began assaulting Washington for no apparent reason. The witness stated that Bridgeman told Washington that he was going to “kill him” and reached for his switchblade, stabbing the victim. Afterward, the defendant fled the scene and returned with his mother. However, by this time, police had already arrived.  

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