1997 conviction in two killings is overturned

May 14, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The state's intermediate appellate court overturned yesterday the double-murder conviction of Michael A. Holmes, declaring that the testimony of a professed accomplice was not enough to warrant his conviction last May by a Baltimore County jury.

Holmes is serving life plus 20 years in the June 26, 1991, deaths of Chidi Ezeanya and Philip Anyaorah, who were stabbed in their apartment building in the 1800 block of Rambling Ridge Lane near the Jones Falls Expressway.

Tammy Hughes, who was Holmes' girlfriend at the time of the slayings, pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery in connection with the killings. In 1996, while in prison for auto theft, she said Holmes was the killer.

Her word was largely uncorroborated, a three-judge panel of the Court of Special Appeals wrote. The court reiterated that testimony of an accomplice, who might be hoping for clemency, cannot by itself support a conviction.

Pub Date: 5/14/98

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