Jury Begins Deliberations In Mall Shooting Trial

The jury entered deliberations in the trial for two men charged in a December killing in Towson.

Gang leadership or patsies?

That's for a Baltimore County jury to decide as deliberations begin in the case against Frank Theodore Williams of Baltimore Highlands and William Ward III of Waverly. The two stand accused of first-degree murder for their roles in the shooting death of Baltimore teen Rodney Pridget on Dec. 19 outside Towson Town Center.

The jury entered deliberations just after 4 p.m. Friday, following and expert testimony.

In closing statements to the jury, deputy state's attorney Robin Coffin told the jury the two men were "as guilty as if they pulled the trigger" on that December evening. Prosecutors say Williams drove Ward and alleged shooter Tyrone Brown to the mall after receiving a call from alleged co-conspirator Jermell Brandon ().

Surveillance footage shows the men following Pridget through the mall, coordinating with Brandon and eachother by phone.

"It's a plan to execute, and it's executed perfectly," Coffin said in closing remarks. "What they didn't bargain for was 268 cameras in the mall."

Brandon testified Thursday that the killing was the result of a hit placed on Pridget by Williams after Pridget allegedly shot Williams' cousin, and that Brown was "putting in work" to advance his status in the Black Guerilla Family gang, in which Williams and Ward were leaders.

Michelle Moodispaw, Ward's attorney, called the state's case against him "hypothesis and fairy tale." A county police gang expert tied Ward to the Black Guerilla Family gang in part through the use of an alias, "Comrade Doc," in the gang's "Black Book," without saying on the stand what he may have contributed to the text.

"The significance of that book, I submit, is none," she said.

Public defender Hoss Parvizian, Williams' defense attorney, submitted the theory that Williams was the patsy.

"He is considered dumb, he is considered stupid by the members of BGF," Parvizian said.

Some of Williams' to a police detective, Parvizian said, was out of reluctance to be persecuted within his gang-controlled community.

"You don't give up the boss, even if you're not a member of the gang."

The jury members finished deliberations for the day at around 8 p.m. and will resume Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

Parkvillehoney September 02, 2012 at 04:38 AM
Typical Baltimore City ghetto behavior coming into the Baltimore County.
William Bull September 03, 2012 at 02:06 PM
@Parkvillehoney - The county also has it's fair share of thugs and criminals that reside outside of the city line, so please do not label this as "typical" city behavior. Gang violence is everywhere, and the truth is that the majority of folks that have the unfortunate circumstance of living in the city's poorer "ghetto" neighborhoods are good people just trying to get by day to day like you and me. @ Russell, not sure what your "sho nuff look" comment is meant to imply, but if the accused was a white man, would you have used those words, rather than proper English, "sure enough looks"? Labeling and generalizing are not typically helpful when trying to resolve or understand a social problem.
Parkvillehoney September 05, 2012 at 03:20 AM
I am sure there are a lot of good poor people living in Baltimore City. I have a problem with women having multiple children by different fathers, men not being involved fathers and paying child support and the breakdown of the family structure. In my mind, this is ghetto behavior and the majority exists in Baltimore City. I feel for the many good grandparents that are raising these poor children. When you don't live in a responsible and stable family life, in my opinion, you have people that act out without thinking. Unfortunately, the majority of time it involves behavior that is against the law.
Thaddeus Jude September 05, 2012 at 04:50 PM
I'm glad Parkvillehoney is here to explain to us how much she is stuck in the 1950s and how immoral other people are to her. Who cares who has children with whom? I don't. That has nothing to do with a murderer. Why are we discussing that on a page about a murder?
John T. September 05, 2012 at 08:29 PM
I don't care what part of the state they reside in, what their relationship is with their mother or father. None of that makes what happened to the victim any more acceptable. They should be put away for life so as not to have any contact with the public. And concerning these people that have children, then refuse to parent and dump the end result onto society, then these parents should be held accountable. Drug and alcohol abuse, promiscuity, low-income, whatever, is no excuse to have children that become the publics problem and cost.


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