Jury can't reach verdict in Glen Burnie homicide, prosecutors plan to seek new trial

Phil Davis
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Prosecutors vowed Monday to re-try an Annapolis man charged in a 2015 shooting that killed one man in Glen Burnie after a jury failed to reach a verdict.

Brian Deonte Brunson, 24, was charged with murder and conspiracy charges in the shooting death of Tylique Proctor, 20, of Brooklyn Park on Oct. 1, 2015.

Police say Proctor was shot during a weapons deal gone wrong. Another man — Gibran Dominique Anderson, 24, of Annapolis — was found guilty in August of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in the case.

In that case, one witness told police Anderson admitted to shooting Proctor while all three were sitting inside an SUV.

However, Circuit Court Judge Michael Wachs declared a hung jury in Brunson’s case Monday after the panel could not reach a verdict after three days of deliberation.

Emily Morse, a spokeswoman for the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office, said the case will be rescheduled for another trial but declined to comment further, citing its ongoing nature. Assistant State’s Attorneys Samantha Mildenberg and Jason Knight handled the case on behalf of the office.

Kenneth Ravenell, Brunson’s attorney, did not immediately return calls for comment Monday.

Police said Proctor was found in a parking lot and a witness who was with him just before his death told investigators they were going to meet a “bro from Annapolis.”

The witness said he and Proctor followed a dark-colored SUV with Virginia tags to the intersection of Cedar Furnace Circle and Lacrosse Lane. Prosecutors said Proctor was shot multiple times as he was walking up to the SUV.

Investigators said they located the SUV in question and it was rented by one of Brunson’s family members. Further investigation of the vehicle revealed gunshot residue inside, police said.

Proctor died about a week before he was set to face attempted murder charges. Annapolis police say he opened fire on a car with two people inside on Newtowne Drive in Annapolis in 2015 but didn’t hit anyone inside.

Anderson was set to be sentenced today following his guilty conviction, but the hearing was delayed until Jan. 4, court records show.

It was not immediately clear why the jury could not reach a verdict in Brunson’s trial.

It marks the second time a Anne Arundel County judge has declared a mistrial in a murder trial this year.

Alison Asti granted a motion for a mistrial for Malachi Tavon Ellis, 21, of Washington D.C., who was charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Dalan Plummer outside of Laurel motel in June 2016.

Ellis’ attorneys successfully argued that prosecutors introduced a witness too close to trial without an opportunity to investigate his claims that Ellis told him about the shooting while he was in jail awaiting trial. Ellis is now set to go to trial in May, according to court records.

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