Accused to stand trial for 2023 shooting, murder

Accused to stand trial for 2023 shooting, murder

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A murder defendant appeared before Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Jeannie J. Hong for opening statements in his trial on July 10.

Jared Ford, 23, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of using a firearm in a crime of violence, possession of a loaded handgun in a vehicle, possession of a loaded handgun on his person, possession of a firearm with a felony conviction, unlawful possession of a regulated firearm, attempted first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

In his opening statements, the prosecutor said that on Feb. 26, 2023, three shooters pulled up to the 5500 block of Bowleys Lane in the Sinclair Gates apartment complex, where they allegedly ran across a field and shot three people. One of them, Mason Kelly, 23, was killed, while the other two were shot in the leg. The shooters then ran across the field to their car.

Baltimore Police Department (BPD) investigators responded to the scene and found camera footage of part of the incident. The footage showed the suspects’ cars. Investigators were able to place a tracker on one of the cars.

Another shooting occurred on March 2, 2023, where a man was shot in the leg and survived. Two days later, on March 4, 2023, the car detectives were monitoring began to move. The footage shows the defendant getting out of the front passenger seat of the car under a bridge. The footage shows him getting rid of a gun, the prosecutor said. Detectives later recovered the gun near a fence.

A gunshot analysis confirmed that the shell casings found at the crime scene on February 26, 2023, were from the gun and that the gun was likely used in the February and March shootings.

Defense attorney Roya Hanna’s opening statements focused on eyewitness testimony and the prosecution’s lack of DNA evidence.

Hanna said a witness gave a description of who he believed to be the shooter, but detectives dismissed it.

Ford also told police he had nothing to do with the shooting, Hanna said, adding that there was no DNA evidence linking the defendant to the crime scenes.

The trial is scheduled to resume on July 11.

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