Postponed Trial Rescheduled for Murder Suspect

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On Feb. 7, a new trial date was set for Donnell Johnson, a 32-year-old accused of first-degree murder for the death of 27-year-old Kenneth Bivens.

Though Johnson’s trial was initially scheduled for today, it was postponed due to the prosecutor’s having COVID. 

Johnson is facing charges of first-degree murder, firearm use in a felony violent crime, having a handgun on his person and having a handgun in his vehicle. 

Johnson appeared before Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Melissa K. Copeland with his attorney, James Sweeting III, for the incident that happened on Sep. 10, 2020. Johnson was previously tried for the same case in 2021, but his attorney stated that it resulted in a mistrial

The new trial date is set for Feb. 21 if a judge becomes available.  

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