Two Murder Co-Defendants Facing Four Cases Will Return to Reception Court 

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Counsel wrangled on June 18 in Baltimore Circuit Court about the earliest available trial date for two co-defendants each facing two 2018 murder cases.

Daoin Finch, 25, is charged with 11 counts including two counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of attempted second-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault, firearm use in a felony violent crime, conspiracy to use a firearm in a felony violent crime, conspiracy to have a handgun on his person, having a handgun in vehicle on a public road and discharging a gun.

Antwain Partlow, 24, is charged with the same counts as Finch, but also has two additional counts of second-degree murder in one of his two cases. The Maryland Judiciary website states all four of the two men’s cases stem from incidents on March 29, 2018. 

Judge Melissa K. Copeland scheduled another reception court hearing on July 12 because the prosecution, Finch’s defense attorney, Roland Harris, and Partlow’s defense attorney, Natalie Finegar, couldn’t agree on an available trial date between now and early October.

Finch, Partlow and another co-defendant who is no longer charged allegedly had a gun, threatened and shot two workers at a McDonald’s near the intersection of McClean Boulevard and Perring Parkway on the Baltimore City and Baltimore County border. Because of the location, all three were charged in both Baltimore City and Baltimore County.

Finch, Partlow and the third co-defendant were found not guilty in Baltimore County of various conspiracies related to the incident. However, the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office still pursued legal action against the three men.

The cases were then delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic closing the courts. Once the courts reopened, Finch appealed to the Appellate Court of Maryland, arguing he couldn’t be tried again for this incident due to double jeopardy. The Appellate Court of Maryland rejected Finch’s appeal in May 2023.

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