Reporting Mike Hellgren
TOWSON, Md. (WJZ)— The accused triggerman in a deadly shooting at Towson Town Center appeared in court Friday.
Mike Hellgren explains how police used surveillance video to make the arrests.
All four of the men charged with murdering a teenager at Towson Town Center will stay behind bars. A judge denied their bail.
And in court, WJZ learned more about the surveillance video that police credit with solving the case.
It’s part of an extensive network of 200 cameras at the mall, upgraded after the murder of a teacher during a botched robbery in 2005.
But prosecutors said the video they recovered in this case does not show the actual shooting. It does show the shooter, Tyrone Brown, walking through the mall wearing a mask.
And WJZ also learned Jermell Brandon– the man who police say first spotted the victim and tracked him through the mall– was interviewed twice by detectives before they arrested him.
“I wouldn’t say he’s cooperative, but he’s come in when he’s been asked to come in by homicide and the state,” William Purpura, Brandon’s defense attorney, said.
“The entire family is shocked that he’s been arrested on this, and we’ll just see what the evidence shows as time goes on,” Purpura said.
Rodney Pridget Jr.’s father says he’s heartbroken but relieved.
“Good. They need to be in jail. You can’t go around here killing people, you know what I mean? Thinking you can get away with it,” Rodney Pridget Sr. said. “Love that boy. Plus, he was my only son. I love him, and I miss him. I see his face every night.”
The accused shooter told the judge: “I was hoping I could get bail so I could seek appropriate representation.”
He slouched in a jail-issued jumpsuit, appearing on closed-circuit television. Police have not commented on the motive.
“The analogy of a football game, we’re just at the initial kickoff,” Purpura said. “We’ve got a long way to go, and we’ll see what happens as it unravels.”
Tyrone Brown, the accused shooter, could face the death penalty.
All of the men charged have prior criminal records.