Conviction stands tHC

January 31, 1992

Garrett County Circuit Judge Frederick A. Thayer today said the murder conviction of John Frederick Thanos will stand but Thanos is entitled to a new sentencing hearing.

The judge declared a mistrial yesterday after questions were raised about whether a prosecutor improperly talked to a witness during a lunch recess.

Speaking from the bench, the judge today also said that he found no misconduct on the part of the state's attorney, Sue A. Schenning. See earlier story, B1.

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