Man charged with fatally shooting neighbor after Sunday cookout

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Brandon Jerome Stanfield is charged with first-degree murder. Police say he felt "disrespected" when the victim left a cookout early, according to charging documents.

A Woodlawn man was charged Tuesday with fatally shooting his neighbor, saying he felt "disrespected" when the victim left a Sunday cookout early, according to charging documents.

Police said Brandon Jerome Stanfield, 30, shot and killed Michael Jefferson Jr., 39, inside his home on Rocky Brook Court after Jefferson left a cookout before Stanfield's family arrived, one witness told police, according to documents filed in Baltimore County District Court.


Officers found Jefferson dead from multiple gunshot wounds inside his home shortly after midnight Monday after receiving reports of shots fired.

Several witnesses told detectives that they were with Stanfield and Jefferson at a cookout earlier that day and that the two men went inside Jefferson's home.


Once inside, one witness told police that Stanfield pulled out a .40 caliber Glock and placed it on the kitchen table, and Jefferson told Stanfield he didn't want guns in his home, the document said. Stanfield then began shooting, and Jefferson tried to flee, running toward the front door. The witness escaped down the basement and left through the back door.

Police did not identify the witnesses in the document, citing safety concerns.

Police searched Stanfield's home Monday where they recovered a .40-caliber Glock, two .40-caliber cartridges, which match the shell casings found at the scene, the document said.

Stanfield is charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center. He did not have an attorney listed in court records.