Judge in Baltimore rules on plea deal for squeegee murder suspect

I-TEAM REPORTER DAVID COLLINS JOINS US FROM DOWNTOWN BALTIMORE WITH REACTION TO THE JUDGE’S DECISION. DAVID: STRONG REACTION FROM BOTH SIDES. THE DEFENDANT’S FAMILY LEFT THE COURTHOUSE IN TEARS. THE VICTIMS FAMILY DECLARING THE EVIDENCE PUSHED THIS CASE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. >> THIS IS JUST ONE HURDLE. IN A SET OF HURDLES THAT WE HAVE TO GO BEFORE US TO GET JUSTICE FOR MY BROTHER. AND JUST SO EVERYONE KNOWS, WE ARE NOT CELEBRATING. WE BELIEVE THAT THAT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO, BUT THERE ARE NO WINNERS IN THIS CASE. DAVID: THE REYNOLDS FAMILY BREATHING A COLLECTIVE SIGH OF RELIEF, DECLARING THE WHEELS OF JUSTICE ARE SLOWLY TURNING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. THE JUDGE REJECTED A PLEA OFFER TO THE 15-YEAR-OLD SQUEEGEE WORKER TO PLEAD GUILTY TO VOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER AND BE TRIED IN THE JUVENILE SYSTEM. INSTEAD THE CASE OF BE TRIED IN THE ADULT SYSTEM FOR THE FIRST DEGREE MURDER IN THE SHOOTING DEATH OF TIMOTHY REYNOLDS. >> WE ARE GRATEFUL THAT THE JUDGE GAVE THE FAMILY AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THEIR PAIN, TO SHARE THEIR LOSS, TO SHARE THEIR REASONS FOR WHY THIS WAS A CASE THAT DESERVED A MEASURE OF REAL JUSTICE. DAVID: THE JUDGE HAD A LOT TO CONSIDER. THIS INCLUDES CCTV FOOTAGE AND CAMERA VIDEO OF THE CRIME. THE VIDEO SHOWED INTENT RATHER THAN AN ACT OF SELF-DEFENSE. THE FAMILY PROVIDED VICTIM IMPACT STATEMENTS. THE DEFENSE CALLED EXPERT WITNESSES TO DISCUSS MENTAL HEALTH AND TRIED TO MAKE THE CASE THE JUVENILE SYSTEM WITH ALL OF ITS SERVICES OFFERS THE BEST CHANCE FOR THE TENET TO REHABILITATE. >> HE JUST FELT LIKE THIS BOY WAS NOT AMENABLE TO WHATEVER TREATMENT WAS AVAILABLE. >> WE DID OUR BEST TO HAVE THIS MATTER TRANSFERRED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE SERVICES. WE CAME UP SHORT TODAY BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN WE’RE GOING TO COME UP SHORT IN THE LONG RUN. WE’RE GOING TO KEEP FIGHTING, WE’RE NOT GOING TO RETREAT. WERE GOING TO RELOAD AND KEEP GOING. DAVID: SO THE TEEN WILL BE TRIED AS AN ADULT. NO SHORT DATE YET. AND NO WORD ON WHETHER OR WHEN THE DEFENDANT WILL BE TRANSFERRED OUT OF THIS FACILITY TO SOMEWHERE ELSE. REPORTIN

Baltimore judge rules squeegee murder suspect’s case to remain in adult court system

A Baltimore judge on Thursday ruled that the case of a teenage squeegee worker accused of fatally shooting a man will remain in the adult court system. Supporters of the teenager and the family of the shooting victim, Timothy Reynolds, confirmed the update outside the Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center. There was strong reaction from both sides. The defendant’s family left the courthouse in tears. The victim’s family declared the evidence pushed the case in the right direction.”This is just one hurdle in a set of hurdles that we have to go before us to get justice for my brother and just so everyone knows, we are not celebrating. We believe that was the right thing to do, but there are no winners in this case,” said Rebecca Reynolds, sister of Timothy Reynolds. The Reynolds family said the wheels of justice are slowly turning in the right direction. The judge rejected a plea offer to the 15-year-old squeegee worker to plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter and be tried in the juvenile system. Instead, the case will be tried in the adult system for the first-degree murder in the shooting death of Timothy Reynolds.Video below: Family of Timothy Reynolds speaks out after judge’s decision “We are grateful that the judge gave the family the opportunity to share their pain, to share their loss, to share their reasoning for why this was a case that deserved a measure of real justice,” said Thiru Vignarajah, the advocate of the Reynolds family. The judge had a lot to consider, including CCTV footage and dashcam video of the crime. The videos showed intent rather than an act of self-defense. The Reynolds family provided victim impact statements. The defense attorneys called expert witnesses to discuss the teen’s mental health, and tried to make the case the juvenile system — with all of its services — offers the best chance for the teen to rehabilitate.Video below: Attorneys for squeegee worker react to judge’s decision (Thursday)”He just felt like that this boy was not amenable to whatever treatment modalities was available in the juvenile court so,” said Warren Brown, defense attorney for the squeegee worker.”We did our very best to have this manner transferred to the Department of Juvenile Services. We came up short today, that doesn’t mean we’re going to come up short in the long run. We’re going to keep on fighting. We’re not going to retreat, we ‘re going to reload, we’re going to keep going,” said J. Wyndal Gordon, another defense attorney for the squeegee worker. Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby issued a statement on the ruling saying: “Today’s decision by the court could not have been an easy one to make, but it was done in the interest of justice and fairness. As I’ve stated before, there are no winners in this case. A man has lost his life and a child will have to face consequences because of his inexcusable and reckless actions. The juvenile system is rooted in the goal of reform, and it is my sincere hope that this young man will turn his life around and forever remember the damage he has done to the Reynolds’ family. My thoughts are with them during this incredibly difficult time.”The teen will be tried as an adult, however, there is no court date yet. It is unclear whether or when the defendant will be transferred out of the Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center to somewhere else.

A Baltimore judge on Thursday ruled that the case of a teenage squeegee worker accused of fatally shooting a man will remain in the adult court system.

Supporters of the teenager and the family of the shooting victim, Timothy Reynolds, confirmed the update outside the Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center.

There was strong reaction from both sides. The defendant’s family left the courthouse in tears. The victim’s family declared the evidence pushed the case in the right direction.

“This is just one hurdle in a set of hurdles that we have to go before us to get justice for my brother and just so everyone knows, we are not celebrating. We believe that was the right thing to do, but there are no winners in this case,” said Rebecca Reynolds, sister of Timothy Reynolds.

The Reynolds family said the wheels of justice are slowly turning in the right direction.

The judge rejected a plea offer to the 15-year-old squeegee worker to plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter and be tried in the juvenile system. Instead, the case will be tried in the adult system for the first-degree murder in the shooting death of Timothy Reynolds.

Video below: Family of Timothy Reynolds speaks out after judge’s decision

“We are grateful that the judge gave the family the opportunity to share their pain, to share their loss, to share their reasoning for why this was a case that deserved a measure of real justice,” said Thiru Vignarajah, the advocate of the Reynolds family.

The judge had a lot to consider, including CCTV footage and dashcam video of the crime. The videos showed intent rather than an act of self-defense.

The Reynolds family provided victim impact statements.

The defense attorneys called expert witnesses to discuss the teen’s mental health, and tried to make the case the juvenile system — with all of its services — offers the best chance for the teen to rehabilitate.

Video below: Attorneys for squeegee worker react to judge’s decision (Thursday)

“He just felt like that this boy was not amenable to whatever treatment modalities was available in the juvenile court so,” said Warren Brown, defense attorney for the squeegee worker.

“We did our very best to have this manner transferred to the Department of Juvenile Services. We came up short today, that doesn’t mean we’re going to come up short in the long run. We’re going to keep on fighting . We’re not going to retreat, we’re going to reload, we’re going to keep going,” said J. Wyndal Gordon, another defense attorney for the squeegee worker.

Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby issued a statement on the ruling saying: “Today’s decision by the court could not have been an easy one to make, but it was done in the interest of justice and fairness. As I’ve stated before, there are no winners in this case. A man has lost his life and a child will have to face consequences because of his inexcusable and reckless actions. The juvenile system is rooted in the goal of reform, and it is my sincere hope that this young man will turn his life around and forever remember the damage he has done to the Reynolds’ family. My thoughts are with them during this incredibly difficult time.”

The teen will be tried as an adult, however, there is no court date yet.

It is unclear whether or when the defendant will be transferred out of the Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center to somewhere else.

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