Murder conviction is reinstated

April 14, 1992

The state's highest court reinstated yesterday the murder conviction of a Harford County woman whose guilty verdict was reversed last year by the Court of Special Appeals.

The unanimous opinion of the Maryland Court of Appeals overruled a May 7, 1991, decision by the state's second-highest court, which had ordered a new trial for Dana Ashley Hawkins.

Hawkins was sentenced to 15 years in prison for the 1989 murder of Dell Noble in a Harford County motel and 10 years for being an accessory to the crime after the fact. Yesterday's ruling remanded the case to the Court of Special Appeals with instructions to reinstate the murder conviction and to dismiss the accessory-after-the-fact guilty verdict.

The intermediate court had dismissed both convictions, ruling that a person could not be found guilty of both charges.

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