Jury Trial Pushed 7 Months For Man Accused of Fatal Stabbing

A 35-year-old Baltimore man accused of fatally stabbing a man in South Clifton Park last year will wait another seven months for his jury trial following the prosecution’s request for a postponement on Sept. 22.

Brandon Beshore was originally scheduled for trial in March; however, the case was pushed to September when the courts suspended all jury trials due to the rise of COVID-19 cases. On Thursday, the prosecution asked Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Melissa Phinn to reschedule the case for April 2023 to accommodate her schedule.

Defense attorney Natalie McKeown Finegar objected to the postponement, arguing that she did not want her client to wait this long because of the prosecution’s schedule. Finegar noted that she provided potential trial dates in January, February, and March of next year, none of which worked for the assistant state’s attorney.

Judge Phinn informed Finegar that she could file a motion to address the postponement but did not go into further detail. The judge granted the delay and Beshore’s trial was rescheduled for April 3, 2023, before Judge Charles Dorsey.

The defendant is charged with first-degree murder, using a deadly weapon with the intent to injure, and giving a false statement to the police concerning a fatal stabbing on June 21, 2021, when an off-duty officer found the victim on the 1900 block of Belair Road. As the officer called for backup, he saw a man—later identified as Beshore—riding away on a bicycle.

The victim died from his injuries at Johns Hopkins Hospital.