Judge Releases Homicide Defendant to Home Monitoring

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A Baltimore man accused of homicide was released on electronic home monitoring on March 1 before Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Phillip S. Jackson

Kamren Cannady, 21, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, use of a firearm during a violent crime, and possessing a handgun in a vehicle on public roads in connection to an incident on Oct. 24, 2021. 

During a bail hearing on Tuesday, Judge Jackson listened as the prosecutor informed the court that the defendant drove his co-defendant to an area and was the getaway driver when the co-defendant shot the victim. 

Given the nature of his role in the incident, the prosecutor recommended the defendant be held without bail because he is a threat to public safety

However, defense attorney, Robert Cole, argued that the defendant did not know the intention of the co-defendant. The defendant has no prior record, has severe medical conditions, and has stable ties to the community, Cole said.

After listening to counsel, Judge Jackson released the defendant on electronic home monitoring.

According to court documents, on Oct. 24, 2021, officers were called to the 300 block of S. Fulton Avenue at approximately 4:26 p.m. for a shot spotter alert. They found an adult man, later identified as, James Byrd with an apparent gunshot to the head.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The defendant’s next hearing is scheduled for May 31.

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