Judge Schedules Trial for Defendant Accused of 2021 Murder, Shootings

On Sept. 19, Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Melissa M. Phinn scheduled the trial of a 47-year-old man accused of killing 29-year-old Aaron Adams and injuring three other men.

Michael Harvey and his defense attorney, Jason Ott, first rejected the prosecutor’s offer of life, suspending all but 50 years, with five years of supervised probation for first-degree murder and a concurrent 20 years, the first five without the possibility of parole, for conspiracy to use a firearm in a felony violent crime. 

Judge Phinn scheduled Harvey’s five-day jury trial to begin on Jan. 8, 2024, before Judge Robert K. Taylor, Jr

Harvey is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, three counts of attempted first-degree murder, three counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, having a handgun in his vehicle, conspiracy to use a firearm in a felony violent crime and making a false statement to a police officer in connection to a Dec. 17, 2021 incident.

According to documents from the District Court of Maryland, Baltimore Police Department officers responded to the 600 block of Laurens Street for reports of a shooting and found four victims suffering from gunshot wounds. Adams was pronounced dead on the scene; the three other men were taken to local hospitals.

Surveillance cameras captured the shooters exiting a white minivan, which police later determined to be Harvey’s.

A witness told police that Harvey and Adams had been arguing prior to the incident. Police said Harvey “orchestrated [Adams’] killing, arranged the getaway for the shooters, then tried to cover up his involvement with a stolen automobile report.”

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