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Pair of high-profile convictions Thursday in Baltimore

Posted at 11:10 PM, Jul 27, 2023
and last updated 2023-07-27 23:10:54-04

BALTIMORE — It’s not very often you get a conclusion to two high-profile trials on the same day.

But in Baltimore City, that’s exactly what took place Thursday. 16-year-old Tavon Scott was convicted of manslaughter in the death of 48-year-old Timothy Reynolds, and Michael Robertson was convicted of murder for Akia Eggleston's death.

David Jaros, who teaches this at the University of Baltimore Law School, helped break things down.

A jury convicted Robertson of murdering Eggleston, a pregnant woman, who was the mother of Robertson's unborn child.

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Her last known appearance was at a bank on the Inner Harbor, but she was never seen again, meaning, her body was never discovered. So how did a jury convict a suspect of murder without there being a body? Jaros tells WMAR-2 News it’s not all that unheard of.

"It does happen," said Jaros. "When the prosecution doesn’t have a body, of course, they have to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. And it leaves it open for the defense to argue there hasn’t yet been a homicide. But given all the evidence you can bring forth - it’s not impossible for a jury to be persuaded beyond a reasonable doubt that a homicide occurred."

The other major decision made was that the teen squeegee worker convicted in the death of a 48-year-old man was convicted of manslaughter after shooting Timothy Reynolds in July of last year. The big question is whether this is successfully moved to juvenile court, which would mean a much lighter sentence than the 35 years he could get now.

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Scott’s lawyers are trying to make that happen, and Jaros says it might be for the better.

"I think there’s a lot of arguments for why this case belonged there. He was charged with first degree murder - and that’s what started this case up above, and ultimately a different judge that tried the case determined it should stay here - at least for the trial. Now that the jury has not found him guilty of either first or second degree murder - we revisit that question, about what’s in the defendant’s interest and, more broadly, what’s in the public’s interest," said Jaros.

Robertson is scheduled to be sentenced on October 25.