Trial Postponed for Murder Defendant Due to Pending Expert Autopsy Review

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On May 1, a Baltimore man accused of murdering 36-year-old Roy Henry Cantler had his reception court hearing continued before Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Melissa Phinn.

During Monday’s hearing, defense attorney Staci Pipkin requested a postponement to allow an expert time to review medical records and the victim’s autopsy.

Defendant Taiwan Mitchell said, “It’s been two years…,” as he expressed his frustration with not beginning the trial.  

Judge Phinn told Mitchell, 40, that his attorney was not prepared to go to trial, and he is facing a potential life sentence as “juries tend to believe autopsies.” 

“It makes no sense to schedule a trial date if it’s going to be rescheduled again,” Judge Phinn said in response to Pipkin’s request. 

Judge Phinn continued the hearing to May 17, so an expert could be assigned to the case. 

According to CBS Baltimore, Cantler was shot following a dispute with Mitchell on Nov. 13, 2021, on the 2200 block of Christian Street. 

Mitchell is charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, and two counts of possession of a gas or air pellet gun in connection to the murder of Cantler, according to the Maryland Judiciary website.

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