Man Charged with Murder Rejects Plea for Life in Prison

A 20-year-old Baltimore man accused of first-degree murder rejected a plea offer for life in prison on May 26 before Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Melissa M. Phinn

Jaesiah Neal is charged with two counts of first degree murder, two counts of use of a firearm during a violent crime, attempted first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, home invasion, conspiracy to commit home invasion, having a handgun on his person, possession of a firearm with a felony conviction, and possession of a firearm as a minor in connection to an incident on Oct. 15, 2021.

Neal and his defense attorney, Amanda Savage, rejected the plea. 

According to the Baltimore Sun, on Oct. 15, 2021, officers were called to the 5100 block of Curtis Avenue at approximately 10:41 p.m. for reports of shots being fired. They found 22-year-old Tayshawn David suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. 

Medics pronounced the victim dead at the scene. 

Neal’s trial is scheduled for Oct. 21. It is expected to last five days and with Judge Yvette M. Bryant presiding.