Man Accused of Attempted Murder Set for Summer Trial

Months since his last court appearance, a 21-year-old Baltimore man accused of attempted murder received a summer trial date on Jan. 18 while counsel continues discussions of a pre-trial resolution.

During Tuesday’s reception court proceedings in Baltimore City Circuit Court, the case of Raekwon Williams was brought before Judge Melissa M. Phinn to review the current status of plea negotiations. The prosecution reiterated the same plea offer from August 2021 of life, suspending all but 25 years, and three years supervised probation for one count of attempted first-degree murder.

Defense attorney Marci Johnson, who waived her client’s presence as he is currently quarantined with COVID-19, rejected the offer once again.

The prosecution said that he and Johnson are still discussing possible resolutions but agreed on a three-day trial date beginning June 27, which Judge Phinn set before Judge Jeannie Jinkyung Hong.

Williams is charged with first and second-degree attempted murder, first and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment as well as six weapons charges in connection to a shooting on Sept. 5, 2020. According to WBAL-TV, Williams and another man, Qwantay Smith, allegedly shot two 21-year-old men who were sitting in their car on the 4100 block of Frederick Avenue around 9:30 p.m.

Both victims survived, police said.

The defendant is also facing five weapons charges in a separate case for an incident that occurred three days later.