Pre-Trial Motion Hearing Set In Teenager’s Murder Trial

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Baltimore City Circuit Judge Melissa Phinn set the date for a pre-trial motion hearing to discuss an evidence issue on Aug. 15, in the case of a Baltimore teen accused of murder. 

Michael Reed, 19, is charged with first-degree attempted murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, use of a firearm during a felony violent crime, four counts of illegal possession of a regulated firearm, possession of a firearm by a minor, having a handgun on his person, having a loaded handgun on his person, discharging a firearm, illegal possession of ammunition, and two counts of having a handgun within 100 yards of a school relating to an incident on Nov. 24, 2020.

Reed was set for trial on Aug. 10, but the prosecutor caught COVID-19. She was audibly sick during the Zoom hearing on Monday. 

Reed’s defense lawyer, Kenneth Ravenell, submitted a counteroffer to the plea deal asking for 12 years instead of the 15 years for manslaughter.

Ravenell said there was also an issue with the gun being used as evidence against Reed, arguing it was illegally seized and shouldn’t be allowed in the trial.

Reed’s next hearing is scheduled for Sept. 1 with Circuit Court Judge John Howard slated to address these issues.

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