Man beaten after '09 hotel shooting shot, killed Sunday
[UPDATE: Police say they are trying to find out why they didn't charge Woodland after his hospital release. They arrested him in November on minor drug charges, but prosecutors say they were never contacted about pursuing gun charges.]
A year ago this month, Raymond Woodland was partying in a downtown hotel when police say he pulled a TEC-9 semi-automatic firearm and shot a 19-year-old in the face. The victim’s friends responded by beating Woodland into critical condition.
Woodland, who in a few moments went from suspect to victim, was never charged for the shooting as he lay in a hospital bed with a grim prognosis.
But he apparently recovered: on Sunday, the 20-year-old was on the streets and walking through Southwest Baltimore when he was fatally shot.
After the hotel shooting on Dec. 6, 2009, police said they intended to charge Woodland with attempted murder if he ever got out of the hospital, but charges were never filed.
Instead, the men who beat him – Dominic Anderson and Abdullah Omar – were charged. Their trial is slated to begin Jan. 25.
It’s not clear when Woodland was released from the hospital, but in November he was charged with drug dealing and was out on $5,000 bond, records show. A woman who answered the phone at Woodland’s home declined an interview request.
We're trying to figure out why Woodland was never charged - after all, he is accused of shooting someone in the face. Defense attorney Warren A. Brown, who represents Anderson, said prosecutors said that using Woodland as a witness in the case against Anderson and Omar and pursuing charges against him as a suspect presented a conflict, but he said they informed him that they were trying to work on a remedy. I've got calls out to prosecutors and police to try to clear up the situation.