Judge Set New Trial Date for Defendant Accused in Christian Street Murder Case

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On May 22, Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Melissa Phinn scheduled a trial for a defendant charged in a 2021 murder case. 

Defendant Taiwan Mitchell, who is represented by Staci Pipkin, is charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, and two counts of possessing a gas or air pellet gun in connection to the murder of Roy Henry Cantler III on Nov. 13, 2021.

According to court documents, Cantler, 40, was found in an alley with a gunshot wound to the face near the 2200 block of Christian Street. Witnesses identified Mitchell as a suspect based on photos presented by investigators. 

During the hearing, which was continued from last week, counsels suggested a trial date in October which Judge Phinn refused to accept. 

Pipkin said she had time available in August but had only received dates for November from the assistant state’s attorney. 

Judge Phinn scheduled the 40-year-old defendant’s trial to begin on Sept. 19 before Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Dana M. Middleton.

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