Judge Reschedules Trial for Man Charged with Shooting A Delivery Driver

Attempted homicide defendant Maarufu Allston‘s trial was rescheduled due to a few issues with evidence on Aug. 9 before Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Melissa K. Copeland

Allston, 22, is charged with attempted first and second-degree murder, first and second-degree assault, use of a firearm during a felony violent crime, and two counts of malicious destruction of property valued at $1,000 in connection to an incident on Jan. 20 when a delivery driver was shot multiple times after a verbal altercation. 

Judge Copeland listened as the prosecutor and Allston’s defense attorney, Rodney Gray, motioned to postpone the trial due to issues with evidence, equipment for the trial and the prosecutor’s hospitalization. 

However, Judge Copeland was not inclined to postpone the trial. Instead, she said she wanted to set a trial date prior to Allston’s Hicks date of Sept. 4. The Hicks date is the date that is exactly 180 days after the defendant’s or the defendant’s counsel first appearance in court.

According to court documents, the suspect allegedly pulled his car up beside the delivery driver and words were exchanged. The suspect then allegedly fired a gun at the victim’s vehicle, shattering the front driver’s side and rear windows.

Allston is scheduled for another reception court hearing on Aug. 15.