City prosecutors drop charges against man accused in killing

Police unable to corroborate witness account that victim told to 'keep his dog away'

May 07, 2010|By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore prosecutors on Friday dropped all charges against a 34-year-old man accused of killing a dog's owner because he was afraid of the pit bull.

Ronald Edward Hall of the 1100 block of Cherry Hill Road was charged with murder, assault and weapons violations in conjunction with the November murder of 21-year-old Angelo Dangerfield, who was walking his dog "Princess" on the 2800 block of Spelman Road when he was gunned down.

A witness told police that Hall and another man, Michael Jerome Robertson, were together on Spelman Road. Robertson yelled at Dangerfield to "keep his dog away," then two shots were fired and Dangerfield fell, according to charging documents. The young man's mother found him on the sidewalk in front of their home.

But police were not able to corroborate the witness's account, according to the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office, leading prosecutors to drop the charges against Hall during a preliminary hearing in District Court.

"The police continue to investigate this matter," said Margaret T. Burns, a spokeswoman for the city state's attorney's office.

Charges against Robertson have not been dropped. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for next week.

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