Judge Schedules Trial Date for Woman Charged with Attempted Murder

Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Melissa Phinn scheduled a trial date after a defendant rejected a plea of 20 years for attempted murder on Feb. 27. 

During Tuesday’s hearing, defendant Quejeebah Stinnette was offered a sentence of life, suspending all but 20 years for attempted first-degree murder; in addition to a concurrent sentence of 20 years, suspending all but the five-year mandatory minimum of five years for the use of an antique handgun in the commission of a felony violent crime in connection to an incident that occurred on Nov. 5, 2022. 

Upon release, the defendant would have also been required to stay away from the victim and register as a gun offender. 

Stinnette, 30, elected to retain her Hick’s right, which is her right to be tried within 180 days of her or her attorney’s first court appearance. However, Judge Phinn found probable cause to go beyond this date due to her attorney’s availability.

All parties are set to begin trial on Sept. 12 with Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Lawrence Daniels presiding. The trial is expected to last three days.

According to the Maryland Judiciary website, Stinnette is charged with attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, use of a handgun and antique capable of commission of crime of violence, having a handgun on her person, having a loaded handgun on her person, and malicious destruction of property valuing more than $1000. 

Stinnette is represented by defense attorney James Sweeting III.

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