Killing of federal witness revealed as trial begins for alleged Baltimore hitmen

Once Guy Coffey’s secret spilled out on the Baltimore streets, he only had months to live, federal prosecutors said.

Coffey, 28, had been working as a police informant, tipping off detectives to crimes by a gang of hit men and drug dealers known as “Trained To Go.”

At least 10 of the alleged gang members were in jail last year on federal charges. But a defense attorney sent one of them a letter with Coffey’s name. The letter leaked out.

Soon, there was a $20,000 bounty on Coffey, and he was shot to death in June.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Gardner told all this to a federal judge in Baltimore last week.

“This was a targeted killing,” Gardner told the judge. “The government was relying heavily on Guy Coffey’s testimony.”

The killing of a federal witness is among the startling revelations in the racketeering case against 10 men accused of running the violent West Baltimore street gang “Trained To Go.”

Trial begins for gang related murder

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. - September 17 marked the first day of a scheduled five-day jury trial for a suspect in a gang-related homicide in Hagerstown that happened spring of 2017.

Jason Carter, 19, of Hagerstown faces charges for his connection in the fatal shooting of Eddie Ragland, 20.

Police say there was ongoing tension between two local gangs, the BG and Yo gang, which led to the fatal shooting the on Noland Drive and Sherman Avenue back in May of 2017.

The court spent the first day going through jury selection. Easton Blickenstaff who was also charged in the case, has a trial scheduled in January of 2019.