Trial opens for two men charged in 2011 murder outside Towson Town Center

The trial began this week for two of the four men police say were involved in the December 2011 killing of Rodney Pridget, 19, outside the Towson Town Center mall.

Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger said jury selection and opening statements were held on Monday, Aug. 27, and the trial formally got under way in Baltimore County Circuit Court on Tuesday.

Baltimore County Police allege that on Dec. 19, 2001, Frank Theodore Williams, 31, of Lansdowne, drove Tyrone Chester Brown, 19, of Baltimore, to the mall after receiving a call from a third man, Jermell Monte Brandon, 35, of Baltimore.

Police contend it was Brown who shot and killed Pridget outside of Nordstrom's.

Williams and William Ward III, of Baltimore, who police say was in the car with Brown and Williams, have been charged with first-degree murder, first-degree assault, use of a firearm in a felony, and conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree.

Brown, who faces those charges as well as two additional misdemeanor handgun charges, will go to trial on Sept. 11, according to online court records. No trial date is listed for Brandon.

In February, county police said they used surveillance video from the mall's security cameras to determine that Brandon encountered Pridget in the mall and, after calling Williams, followed Pridget around the mall.

Police said Pridget was "clearly targeted," but did not state a motive for the killing.

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