Baltimore Police released surveillance video of two suspects in the Monday night killing of 43-year-old James Forrester outside the Baltimore Tattoo Museum in Fells Point, where he worked.
When Tina Forrester’s husband was shot and killed in 2017 outside of the Baltimore Tattoo Museum, she made him a silent promise to never stop fighting to see justice for his death.
But Forrester said her hopes dimmed last month when a jury acquitted a man of the only charges filed in connection with her husband’s death.
“I lived that day all over again for nothing,” she said.
A jury acquitted Michael Bailey, 30, of the 2600 block of Ashland Ave., at a trial that relied heavily on video footage leading up to and of the killing. Bailey had been charged with first- and second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and other counts related to possession of a firearm, according to court records.
On Dec. 17, 2017, Jim Forrester, a local rock musician who worked as a body piercer, had stepped outside the museum and shop in the 1500 block of Eastern Ave. about 7:36 p.m. to call his wife when he was shot in the chest, according to police.
In the footage released publicly in January, Bailey can be seen carrying a coffee cup in one hand and a cigarette in another — a detail Purpura said proves Bailey was not holding the gun when the murder occurred.
“Unfortunately for the state, they were never able to arrest the person we think was responsible for the shooting,” Purpura said. “The detectives did a thorough investigation and identified Mr. Bailey as an individual that was present. The video evidence was fairly clear he wasn't the shooter.”
“We are disappointed by the outcome of this case; however, we respect the decision of the jurors and will continue to pursue justice for this victim,” Melba Saunders, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, said in an email Friday.
Saunders declined to provide additional comment on the case, saying there’s still an open and pending investigation related to the matter.
Tina Forrester said the footage was blurry and not clear enough to show whether Bailey or the second man was the shooter.