Murder Defendant Declines Right to Speedy Trial

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After declining to waive his right to a speedy trial, the defendant in a 2020 homicide received a trial date for early next year.

Baltimore resident Isaiah Eaddy, 29, faces two counts of first-degree murder and one count of use of a deadly weapon with the intent to injure for a homicide that took place on May 12, 2020.

The case returned to reception court on Thursday to set a trial date, which Judge Melissa M. Phinn scheduled for Jan. 26, 2022.

This date falls after Eaddy’s Hick’s date of Oct. 11. Under Maryland law, a defendant has the right to be tried by their Hick’s date, or within 180 days of their first court appearance.

Although Eaddy declined to waive his right to a speedy trial, Judge Phinn found good cause to postpone Eaddy’s case to next year, citing a lack of available dates in court.

On June 7, he was presented a plea offer of life, suspending all but 45 years, and five years probation, during reception court at Baltimore City Circuit Court. Defense attorney Bradley MacFee rejected the offer on his client’s behalf.

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