LaTrina Antoine - May 12, 2021
Nearly a dozen court cases involving non-fatal shootings and homicides were postponed May 11. A judge in the Baltimore City Circuit Court scheduled new trial dates for the latter half of 2021.
The cases scheduled for trial included six defendants who are charged with murder and five defendants who are charged in non-fatal shooting cases.
The earliest trial date scheduled was July 1 for two murder cases.
One defendant in a murder case, Terrance Carter, who has been held since August of 2020, rejected a plea offer from the prosecution that could have sentenced him to prison for 60 years with five years on probation.
The 32-year-old defendant’s charges include first-degree murder, a felony charge for firearm use during a violent crime, and another felony for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
The second defendant who is scheduled for trial on July 1 is Timothy Callanan.
The 27-year-old defendant is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly stabbing 28-year-old Mason Moldoven on the 1100 block of Gorsuch Avenue on August 29, 2020.
In October, the Baltimore Sun reported that Moldoven’s remains were found wrapped in a sheet and stuffed in a plastic container in the backyard of a home.
Callanan allegedly confessed to the murder after fleeing to Georgia.
During the hearing, the judge also heard cases for Matthew Caldwell and a juvenile defendant.
Caldwell, 18, is being charged in five cases. His charges include two counts of first-degree murder as well as charges for attempted murder, assault, firearm possession, discharging and armed robbery in several incidents ranging from April 22, 2020-May 13, 2020.
According to news reports, on May 12, 2020, Caldwell robbed a Royal Farms in Baltimore, shooting a 35-year-old clerk and taking money from the cash drawer. The murder charged is linked to an incident on April 22, 2020.
The prosecution requested to join the defendant’s cases with a juvenile defendant who is also charged in one of the non-fatal shooting incidents. The juvenile’s case is not publicly available.
The cases will be tried together with a trial date scheduled for Sept. 21.
The latest trial date that was scheduled during the hearing was for a defendant who is being charged with robbery, assault, theft and firearm possession.
The defendant, who has be held in jail since October 2020, was offered a plea deal.
The terms of the deal included a 15 year sentence in which eight years would be suspended for the defendant’s armed robbery charge. The deal also included a 5 year sentence, without the possibility of parole, for the defendant’s charge of using a firearm during a crime of violence.
However, Julie Shaprio, the defendant’s defense attorney, told the judge that she had not been able to discuss the offer with her client.
A trial date was set for Oct. 1.
Andrew Michaels contributed to this article.