A 30-year-old Baltimore man who was charged for the alleged murder of a 40-year-old Maryland man has pleaded guilty to first-degree felony murder. The charges stemmed from an incident back in 2011 in which the man and his 29-year-old accomplice allegedly broke into the victim's apartment. They allegedly planned to talk to the man about an attempted robbery that had reportedly occurred while they were in the apartment building earlier during the night.
According to court documents, the two men, who were alleged drug dealers, were reportedly at the apartment building to sell drugs to one of the residents. While they were performing the drug transaction, an armed man attempted to force his way in, but the two men were able to keep him from entering the apartment. After the man had left, the two men then took off after the individual, thinking that he was still somewhere on the premises.
Prosecutors state that the 29-year-old man, who believed that the armed man had gone into an apartment located on another floor, kicked in the door to the victim's apartment. The two men allegedly entered the residence. During the confrontation with the two individuals who were inside the apartment, the 29-year-old man then reportedly fatally stabbed the 40-year-old male occupant.
Although prosecutors agree that the 30-year-old man was not the one who killed the individual, they have stated that since he was aware that his accomplice had a knife and did nothing to stop the stabbing, that he was an accomplice to the murder. The man was subsequently sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Because of the media attention associated with murder trials, it's important that experienced criminal defense attorneys work to limit bias in these cases. Developing a strong defense may not be easy, but is a necessity when facing such serious charges.
Source: Carroll County Times, "Baltimore man involved in 2010 Westminster stabbing death sentenced to 25 years" Heather Cobun, Apr. 24, 2014