Baltimore man convicted of murder, attempted murder

A Baltimore jury convicted a man Monday in the first-degree murder of a bystander who witnessed him hitting his wife, the Office of the State's Attorney announced.

Anthony Cole, 30, was also found guilty of attempted first-degree murder for shooting at his wife, who escaped unharmed, and several weapons charges.

According to prosecutors, Cole rode his bicycle to the 1900 block of Etting Street in the Druid Heights neighborhood on the evening of April 14, 2012, and confronted his estranged wife, hitting her in the face. Sitting next to Cole's wife was 34-year-old Phillip Scott, who did not want to get involved in the fight and began to walk away. Cole shot Scott twice, killing him, then tried to shoot at his wife three times but missed. The wife escaped into a nearby house.

Charges were filed against Cole in May. He is scheduled to be sentenced March 4 and faces a maximum sentence of two life terms plus 55 years in prison, according to the Office of the State's Attorney.

When Cole was 15, he was charged in Baltimore City Circuit Court with first-degree murder and attempted first- and second-degree murder, but the case was sent to juvenile court, where records are sealed. Cole also pleaded guilty in 2004 to selling narcotics.

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