A Baltimore man was found guilty of first-degree murder following a jury trial earlier this month regarding a 2019 shooting off Avondale Road, but his sentencing was delayed as lawyers debate the credibility of a police officer involved.
Dwayne Kenneth Taylor, now 42, was convicted of first-degree murder and using a firearm in a violent crime for the incident, where police had found Gerrard Eugene Taylor, 27, who is not related to Dwayne Taylor, injured in an alley off Avondale Road in Dundalk on March 27, 2019.
Gerrard Taylor died at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center a few days later, and Dwayne Taylor was arrested on murder charges three weeks after.
After Dwayne Taylor was convicted of first-degree murder earlier this month, his lawyer, Mark Van Bavel, filed a motion in court for a new trial, alleging he had received information about the credibility of one of the leading investigators in the case, Cpl. Ryan Massey of the Baltimore County Police Department, just after the trial.
Van Bavel and Dwayne Taylor “could have used the information,” which was about Massey allegedly telling falsehoods at a worker’s compensation hearing, “to challenge the credibility” of Massey.
Massey, however, was found not guilty in that case, and had the case expunged, prosecutors said in court filings.
Prosectors in the murder case said they learned of Massey’s “the day after the verdict” against Dwayne Taylor and informed Van Bavel immediately.
In court on Friday, the lawyers scheduled for another hearing on holding the new trial for Aug. 13.