Teen's Murder Charges Dropped

Prosecutors Cite Lack Of Evidence In Fatal Shooting

June 11, 2009|By Justin Fenton | Justin Fenton,justin.fenton@baltsun.com

Murder charges against a 15-year-old boy have been dropped by city prosecutors, citing insufficient evidence.

Christopher Briggs had turned himself in this month after learning there was a warrant for his arrest in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Keon Cameron. Briggs was charged with first-degree murder, assault and related handgun charges.

According to police, Cameron got into a fight with Briggs in the 1800 block of E. 28th St in Northeast Baltimore's Coldstream Homestead Montebello neighborhood. Detective Roscoe Lewis wrote in charging documents that Briggs said he would leave and come back to "take care of" Cameron.

Police said he returned with a gun and fatally shot Cameron.

The charges were dropped Monday, according to court records. Margaret T. Burns, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore state's attorney's office, said she would not elaborate on why prosecutors dropped the case, noting that it could be re-charged if detectives gather additional evidence.

Briggs' attorney, Jack Rubin, said detectives had a "serious proof problem" but declined to comment further. He noted, however, that Briggs' decision to turn himself in was not an admission of guilt.

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