Three Co-Defendants Offered Plea in Homicide Case

A motions trial was set for three co-defendants involved in a homicide in May before Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Melissa Phinn

Omarion Anderson, 18, William Clinton III, 19, and Rasheed Morris, 16, are all charged with first-degree murder, attempted armed carjacking, conspiracy to armed carjacking, armed robbery, conspiracy to armed robbery, use of a firearm in a violent crime, and possession of a firearm as a minor in connection to an incident on May 3.

According to Fox45 Baltimore, on May 3, officers responded to gunshots on the 3700 block of Fords Lane, where they found 31-year-old Efraim Gordon suffering from gunshot wounds to his body.

The victim later died, the report states. 

Police said the murder was a result of an attempted robbery. Surveillance footage showed Anderson and Morris running away, ultimately getting to a Shell gas station on Smith Avenue. Seconds later, the suspects were seen running in the direction of the suspected vehicle, a stolen burgundy Lexus SUV.

The report also states that Clinton was behind the wheel of the vehicle. Investigators said Morris shot and killed the victim.

It was later revealed that there was a possible fourth suspect involved in the murder; however, the unidentified man was never found. 

On Tuesday, all three co-defendants were offered a plea of life, suspending all but 50 years, with five years probation for first-degree murder.

Anderson, Clinton, and Morris, and their respective defense attorneys, Natalie McKeown Finegar, Maureen O’Leary, and Staci Pipkin, rejected the offer. The co-defendants also chose to maintain their Hick’s dates, which is their right to be tried within 180 days of his first court appearance. 

A trial date was set for two out of the three men: Anderson is scheduled for trial on May 2, 2022, and Morris was scheduled for trial on June 21, 2022. Clinton’s trial date has yet to be determined.