Pre-trial Motions and Jury Selection Begin for Homicide Defendant

Pre-trial motions and jury selection began for a 51-year-old Baltimore man accused of murder on May 9 before Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Lawrence R. Daniels

Lamont Mealy, is charged with first-degree murder, use of a firearm during a violent crime, possession of a firearm with a felony conviction, and giving a false statement to an officer in relation to an incident that occurred on August 5, 2020.

During pre-trial motions, defense attorney Sharon May asked Judge Daniels to not allow the prosecution to use Mealy’s prior conviction of delivering a false statement as an impeachable offense because Mealy may want to testify during trial. The judge and prosecutor both agreed, so long as Mealy’s truthfulness is not brought up during any witness testimony. 

May also said Mealy originally refused to give a statement to police and was swabbed for DNA during the interrogation. 

During jury selection, the defense attorney requested to ask potential jurors if they have ever seen her in any television program. May was featured in the Netflix documentary series The Keepers and did not want a jury to possibly have bias against her. Judge Daniels agreed to the questions. 

Jury selection began at 2 p.m.