Murder charges dropped in dog walker's death

Prosecutors do not have enough evidence vs. either defendant

May 13, 2010|By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore prosecutors plan to drop charges today against a second defendant accused in the fatal shooting of 21-year-old Angelo Dangerfield, who was killed in front of his Cherry Hill home last November as he walked his pet pit bull, Princess.

Michael Jerome Robertson, 22, was charged in Dangerfield's death, along with co-defendant Edward Hall, 34. A witness told police that the men yelled at Dangerfield to keep the dog away, then opened fire. But prosecutors have not been able to support that account. Charges were dropped against Hall last week and will be dropped against Robertson this morning, according to the city state's attorney's office. The investigation will continue.

Dangerfield's killing shocked his friends and family, who described him as a compassionate person with a clean record, ambition and plans for college.

Police discovered no motive for his shooting.

"From all accounts, he was a good, hard-working kid who went to work, went to church," police spokesman Donny Moses said on the day Dangerfield was killed.

Dangerfield graduated from Southwestern High School and earned various certificates and awards during his life, participating in anti-drug workshops and a future inventors program through the Johns Hopkins University.

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