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Jury finds man accused of murdering rapper Dee Dave not responsible in second Baltimore County trial – Baltimore Solar

A Baltimore County jury on Monday acquitted the person accused of the 2020 killing of rapper Dee Dave on all counts, in what protection attorneys describe as “the correct transfer.”

Calvin Okay. Fogg, 30, had been accused of killing David King Jr., higher often known as Dee Dave, in what police alleged was a case of mistaken id — they stated Fogg fatally shot King in January 2020 when he was concentrating on another person, then went on to shoot his supposed goal, who survived.

However on Monday, a jury discovered Fogg not responsible on first-degree, second-degree and tried homicide fees. He was then launched from custody for the primary time since his arrest of him in February 2020.

Fogg’s attorneys stated he by no means wavered on his innocence and that Fogg spent the night time along with his daughter after his launch. They added that whereas they’re “ecstatic” on the trial end result, “injury has been completed.”

“For 3 years, he is been incarcerated and his life has been on maintain. He’ll by no means get that point again,” stated Josh Slone, an assistant public defender. “Even sadder than that’s the sufferer’s household. Mr. King’s household has no solutions, and it did not should be this fashion.”

Slone and his co-counsel, Allison Friedman, additionally an assistant public defender, stated Tuesday that there have been flaws within the state’s case and police investigation. The motive put ahead to jurors did not make sense, the attorneys stated, and “dependable” bodily proof was missing.

Fogg’s November trial was his second. A primary jury trial in Baltimore County resulted in a mistrial final December, with 10 jurors voting not responsible and two opposed.

Fogg stated in an announcement shared by his attorneys that it was a “impolite awakening” to be an instance of a corrupt system. He known as what King’s household goes by a tragedy, and stated it was a tragedy “how younger black persons are wrongly accused and convicted on daily basis.”

“All we are able to do is proceed to struggle for our rights and stand ten toes towards a system that is constructed to interrupt us,” Fogg stated.

Baltimore County State’s Lawyer Scott Shellenberger advised The Baltimore Solar on Tuesday that police and prosecutors “put collectively the most effective case that they may.”

“We acquired a good trial and, sadly, we weren’t capable of show our case past an inexpensive doubt,” Shellenberger stated.

Surviving members of the family of King couldn’t be reached for remark Tuesday by telephone numbers listed in public information.

The 29-year-old musical artist was killed in Essex hours after performing in East Baltimore and hours earlier than a flight to Atlanta that his household stated may have been his “massive break.”

Dozens attended a viewing and vigil for King held after his demise and praised his music’s uplifting message. D. Watkins, a pal of King’s and an creator and activist, stated on the time that Dee Dave’s music appealed to folks in Baltimore as a result of it addressed the realities of dwelling within the metropolis.

King’s mom, Linnette Madison, advised information station WBAL after Monday’s verdict that she was “hurting as a result of my son was not from that mob. David needed his music profession from him, and David was about positivity.”

Slone, one in every of Fogg’s attorneys, questioned how the case acquired “this far.”

“It’s extremely regarding and disappointing,” Slone stated. “There is a glimmer of hope: The jury did the correct factor. I do know that does not assist Mr. King’s household.”

Baltimore County Police alleged in charging paperwork there was a “persevering with contentious relationship” between Fogg and the person they stated was his supposed goal.

Slone stated the 2 had spoken to debate the phrases of the person seeing Fogg’s youngster as a result of he was concerned with the kid’s mom, however that there have been “no points” left as a result of they’d agreed on a system. Fogg had final seen the alleged goal in 2015, Slone stated.

Charging paperwork present Fogg advised police he was at his sister’s condo the night time of the capturing, however that he did not go away. He additionally stated he did not know the place the surviving capturing sufferer lived.

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In his assertion, Fogg stated the case was an instance of “how being a involved black father may simply be taken out of context to make me appear to be a monster.”

The protection attorneys stated they believed Fogg was the only suspect police investigated. Slone stated detectives “ran with” Fogg’s title and ignored contradictory proof. He additionally stated the state’s case rested on cellphone location info that was inconclusive and “poor high quality” surveillance video of a automotive that police stated the shooter used however could not persuasively determine.

“There is a notion in Baltimore County of ‘we’re higher than the town people.’ … I discussed that to the jury. I feel that is why [police] dealt with the case the way in which they did,” Slone stated. “I feel they stated, ‘We’re not Baltimore Metropolis. We should make an arrest.’”

Slone added that if police had completed a extra thorough job, they might have been capable of catch the perpetrator.

As a substitute, he stated: “We have now a household recovering from three years of a lacking father, a household grieving with nobody to reply for the crime towards their beloved one and a killer on the unfastened. … I do not know the way they ever discover the one that did this.”

Fogg’s mom, Toya Tindall, stated in an announcement shared by his attorneys that she was “disgusted” by how her household and King’s household have been “victimized with inconsiderate and heartless care.” She expressed her condolences to their household from her.

“[It] It sickens me that the household of the deceased has to endure the lack of their son twice as a result of the lifetime of their beloved one meant nothing to those that have been accountable to hunt justice by merely doing their job,” she stated.

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