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Trial Begins for Baltimore Highlands Man Charged in Towson Mall Shooting

Victim murdered at Towson Town Center in December.

A trial started this week for two of four men charged in a .

Frank Theodore Williams, of the 2900 block of Lakebrook Circle in Baltimore Highlands, and William Ward III, of the 600 block of Cator Avenue in Baltimore, were arrested in February in connection with the Dec. 21 shooting.

According to a press release from the Baltimore County State's Attorney's office, the trial began Monday in Baltimore County Circuit Court and is expected to conclude by Friday.

A trial for the alleged gunman, Tyrone Chester Brown Jr. of Baltimore, is set to start Sept. 11. A trial for alleged accomplice Jermell Brandon, originally set for this week, was postponed.

All four men are charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy, first-degree assault and firearm use in a violent crime. Brown is also charged with handgun violations.

Police in connection with the death of 19-year-old Rodney Vest Pridget, who was found dead outside Nordstrom in Towson. The shooting rattled businesses and holiday shoppers.

Police said in February that the four allegedly stalked Pridget in the mall and followed him out before Brown fired several shots.

It was the first homicide at Towson Town Center since 2005, when St. Paul's teacher and administrator William Bassett was shot and killed in a botched robbery.

Chillin August 29, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Half of the criminals and crimes featured in the Arbutus Patch live or occur on McDowell Ln. or Lakebrook Circle. These areas must be more dangerous than prison itself.
Jay September 04, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Don't forget about Riverview's 5th Avenue, Bero Road and Freeway Road which all develop one big shitty circle! Hell, look no further than the Westland Gardens apartment complex and you will find the same sorts of crime. Every neighborhood has their "shitholes," but I look at it this way, if they are all confined into one small area, why complain. It's better this way rather than seeing them spread out.

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