Shooting victim in 2000 robbery dies of injuries

March 06, 2003|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

A 28-year-old Baltimore man who was shot and seriously wounded in 2000 died over the weekend, and his death has been ruled a homicide by the state medical examiner, police said yesterday.

Christopher O. Tolliver of the 400 block of Manse Court was left a quadriplegic after being shot in a robbery Oct. 6, 2000, in the 1200 block of Madison Ave. in West Baltimore, police said.

He died Saturday. His death was ruled a homicide the next day after medical examiners recovered a bullet from his body and said Tolliver died of complications stemming from his wound, police said.

Shortly after the incident, police arrested Troy D. Williams, 31, of the 1600 block of Eutaw Place, who was charged with attempted murder and robbery in Tolliver's shooting.

Williams was acquitted in October of all charges.

Legal experts said that Williams cannot be tried again on murder charges because he was acquitted of lesser offenses that prosecutors would have to prove to gain a murder conviction.

"As a matter of law, he could not be found guilty" of murder, said Byron L. Warnken, a law professor at the University of Baltimore. "You can't prove murder without getting beyond attempted murder."

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