Michael Bailey, 29, of the 2600 block of Ashland Ave. in East Baltimore is charged with first-degree murder and various other counts, said T.J. Smith, a police spokesman.

Smith would not say whether Bailey is believed to have pulled the trigger in Forrester’s shooting. He said that police are still investigating what occurred but that Bailey and the second suspect were both “complicit” in the crime.

Bailey pleaded guilty in 2005 to possession of a firearm as a minor, later violating his probation in that case, according to court records.

Forrester, 43, worked as a body piercer at the Baltimore Tattoo Museum. He was shot outside the shop in the 1500 block of Eastern Ave. about 7:35 p.m. Dec. 18, after stepping outside to call his wife, police said.

Bailey is due to stand trial on Tuesday on separate drug distribution and possession charges from May.

He pleaded guilty in 2012 to first-degree assault and using a handgun in the commission of a crime in relation to a 2011 incident in which he’d initially been charged with attempted first-degree murder, according to court records. He was sentenced to five years in prison in that case.


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