The trial for Baynon “BJ” Berry, a Marion teen charged with the murder of Michael Alexander McCune, is set to proceed on December 5 in Linn County District Court. Berry, who was 15 years old at the time of the fatal shooting, was transferred from juvenile court to adult court in May. One of Berry’s co-defendants has already accepted a plea agreement, while the trials for the other two defendants are scheduled for September and October. shooting/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Trish Mehaffey reported
Baynon Berry, a 16-year-old from Marion, appeared in court for a pretrial hearing regarding the shooting death of 16-year-old Michael Alexander McCune. Berry, along with two other teenagers, TraMontez Lockett and Dante Irvin, is accused of targeting and killing McCune due to past conflicts. The trial for Berry is scheduled for December 5th in Linn County District Court. Berry was transferred from juvenile court to adult court in May, as he was deemed unsuitable for rehabilitation through the juvenile justice system. This decision was based on a previous adjudication for possession of a dangerous weapon and being on probation at the time of the murder. During a case management hearing, the judge confirmed the trial date and discussed deadlines for motions. An offer for a plea agreement has been made, with a deadline of September 1st to accept the offer. One of the co-defendants, Dante Irvin, has already accepted a plea agreement and will remain under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court until he turns 18. The trial for TraMontez Lockett is set for September 19th, while the trial for Devin Gardner is scheduled for October 24th. The shooting occurred on February 18th at an apartment building in Cedar Rapids, where McCune was found with multiple gunshot wounds. Lockett and one of the other individuals involved were captured on video surveillance stealing a vehicle prior to the shooting. Lockett had arranged to pick up McCune at the apartment complex and when they arrived, the two individuals with Lockett began shooting at McCune. One of them continued to shoot at close range as McCune tried to seek shelter in the building..