Baltimore man, shot at after release from jail last week, charged in 2016 killing

A Baltimore man who was acquitted last month of trying to kill a Black Guerrilla Family commander — and was then shot at as he was driven away from jail last week — has been re-arrested and charged with shooting another man to death police said.

Cedric Catchings, 28, was taken into custody Sunday and charged with first-degree murder in the April 2016 killing of 28-year-old Larelle Wallace in West Baltimore.

No details of the allegations against Catchings were released by police. There was no attorney listed for Catchings in online court records, and an attorney who has represented him in the past said he had not been retained for the case.

Catchings was acquitted in May of shooting at a former Black Guerrilla Family commander named Ronnie Johnson. Johnson emerged from federal witness protection for the trial, at which he testified that Catchings shot him seven times in the leg in May 2016.

Catchings was not released from jail until Thursday because he had an open probation violation. Catchings' father, Frederick Catchings Sr., said someone shot at his car as he drove away from the jail with his son.

"I almost got killed picking him up," Catchings Sr. said in a phone interview.

No one was struck. Police confirmed the incident.

Cedric Catchings is the brother of Frederick Catchings Jr., who is awaiting trial for attempted murder in a case that police say prompted the retaliatory killing of up-and-coming Baltimore rapper Lor Scoota last June. Frederick Catchings is also facing charges in a separate triple shooting.

Frederick Catchings Sr. told The Baltimore Sun last month that his sons had been affected by lead paint poisoning. Court records show a lead paint settlement was paid to the brothers and a sister several years ago.

After Cedric's acquittal, Frederick Catchings Sr. said he was hopeful he could get his son out of the area or into work that could help him turn his life around.

But on Monday, he said he was so unnerved that he won't be following his sons' cases.

"I don't want nothing to do with this," he said.

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