Third Defendant in Shipley Hill Murder Has Trial Postponed for Third Time

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The defense attorney representing a homicide defendant charged in a 2019 incident did object to postponing her client’s trial on Oct. 5 due to a delay in the results of a medical report.

For the third time, the trial for defendant Reubin McFadden was delayed in mental health court by Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Gale E. Rasin, who said she had yet to receive an extended medical report ordered in July from the Maryland Health Department.

McFadden was scheduled to begin trial in July, but an emergency evaluation was requested on the grounds that he was not fit to stand trial.

McFadden, 22, is charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, use of a firearm in a felony violent crime, conspiracy to use a firearm to commit a felony violent crime, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, and having a handgun on his person for an incident that occurred on Dec. 3, 2019. 

McFadden’s two co-defendants accepted pleas in March. Martez Frye-Cuff, 22, took a plea of life, suspending all but 25 years without the possibility of parole for the first five years for first-degree murder and firearm use in a felony violent crime.

Dneah Smith, 21, accepted a plea of 10 years for accessory to first-degree murder after the fact.

According to the Baltimore Sun, on Dec. 3, 2019, the Baltimore Police Department found Marvin Mason in the driver’s seat of a car at the bottom of a hill with a gunshot wound to his chest.

Police investigation revealed that McFadden and Frye-Cuff had allegedly planned to rob Mason on the property where Smith ran a prostitution business. 

McFadden is represented by defense attorney Catherine Flynn. Judge Rasin ordered a bed check for McFadden, on Oct. 12.

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