On a dreary day in Baltimore City, jurors rose from their seats to get a better look at a Baltimore police officer’s body camera footage from the night of a double shooting that killed 39-year-old Tayvon Kenan last year.
Kenan’s alleged shooter, D’Angelo Woodrun, is currently on trial in Baltimore City Circuit Court before Judge Charles Blomquist, which continued on the defendant’s birthday, Oct. 5. The 21-year-old Belair-Edison resident is charged with Kenan’s murder and the non-fatal shooting of a 50-year-old man on May 23, 2021.
During Wednesday’s proceedings, the prosecutor played the body camera footage from the officer who was one of the first responders at the scene on the 1500 block of Carswell Street. The officer testified that he was only minutes away when he received a call to respond to shots fired just after 2 a.m.
As the video showed the officer pulling up to a rowhouse, a male victim limped off the sidewalk and pointed to a nearby porch where Kenan’s body is seen lying outside the rowhome’s front door. The officer testified that another officer was already at the scene and near the unresponsive victim but left when he arrived.
Defense attorney Hunter Pruette was quick to question whether the initial responding officer moved anything at the scene since he arrived first—a question that the testifying officer could not answer. However, the officer told Pruette that he did find shell casings on the sidewalk in front of the rowhome.
Pruette’s cross-examination also included questions about searching for evidence and interviewing witnesses, which the officer said were the responsibilities of the lead detective, not the primary officer.
After the jurors were dismissed for lunch around 11 a.m., Judge Blomquist informed those in the gallery that the trial was expected to resume at 1:30 p.m. to give the prosecutor time to obtain evidence necessary for the trial.Follow this case