Appeal in officer's slaying rejected

October 08, 1991|By Lyle Denniston | Lyle Denniston,Washington Bureau of The Sun

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court yesterday declined to hear Flint Gregory Hunt's appeal challenging his death sentence for killing a Baltimore policeman six years ago.

The Baltimore man contended in his appeal that the jury saw him wearing leg irons throughout the sentencing phase and was prejudiced against him because of that.

He also argued that the jury was told improperly about two letters he had written from prison that talked about possible ways to escape.

Hunt was convicted of killing, with two gunshots, Officer Vincent Adolfo during a struggle in a Baltimore alley Nov. 18, 1985.

After a jury initially imposed a death sentence for the murder, the Maryland Court of Appeals overturned the sentence and ordered a new hearing on Hunt's punishment.

The state court had upheld the murder conviction in 1988.

A second death sentence was imposed by a jury after a new hearing, and the Maryland Court of Appeals upheld that sentence last December.

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