Plea Decision Delayed As Defense Finishes Reviewing Discovery

Defense counsel for attempted homicide defendant Marcel Moses asked the prosecution to keep its plea offer open on Sept. 22 to give him time to finish reviewing discovery before his client makes a decision.

During reception court on Thursday, the prosecution presented Moses with a plea offer of 45 years, suspending all but 15 years, the first five years without parole, and four years of supervised probation for attempted first-degree murder. The defendant is also charged with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, and six weapons charges.

Michael Tomko, Moses’ defense attorney, informed the prosecution and Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Melissa Phinn that he was reviewing discovery and did not want his client to decide until he finished.

The prosecution agreed to keep the plea open, and a trial date was tentatively scheduled for Feb. 28, 2023.