Trial Postponed for Double Murder Defendants

Two co-defendants had their trial for a double murder postponed on Sept. 27 before Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Melissa Phinn due to one of the defendants needing to find counsel.

Shawn Brewton, who is represented by attorney Catherine Flynn, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, use of a firearm during a felony violent crime, and possession of a firearm with a felony conviction in connection to two murders.

According to The Baltimore Sun, Brewton allegedly fatally shot two people within 35 minutes of each other on Aug. 11, 2021. A 41-year-old Santiago Loyal was identified as the first victim at 7:48 p.m. on the 1200 block of Cliftview Avenue in front of a vacant home.

Later that same evening, at 8:25 p.m Brewton, along with Michael Coprew, allegedly shot 38-year-old William Smith in the 3500 block of West Belvedere Avenue.

During the hearing on Tuesday, the prosecutor informed the court that Coprew, 47, was having problems obtaining new counsel and needed to postpone the trial. Coprew is a critical witness in the case against Brewton regarding the murder on W. Belvedere Avenue.

In March of this year, both defendants rejected a life plea offered by prosecutors for first-degree murder.

Brewton’s trial is scheduled on Dec. 6, and it is expected to last five days.

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