Man sentenced to 20 years in 1999 killing in Eastport

His 2 earlier convictions in shooting were reversed

October 21, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

An Annapolis man who had been convicted twice of the same murder - but had both convictions overturned on appeal - agreed yesterday to a plea arrangement under which he was sentenced to 20 years in prison for second-degree murder.

John Thomas Logan III, 26, has acknowledged fatally shooting his lifelong friend and neighbor in Eastport, Wayne D. Addison, in January 1999 over a disagreement about a car, which was worth about $1,000.

In October 2000, Logan's first murder conviction was overturned by the Court of Special Appeals because the trial judge let a detective testify that during his interview with Logan, the man asked for a lawyer. This could have led jurors to infer that he did so because he was guilty, the appeals judges ruled.

Anne Arundel County prosecutors retried the case and won a second murder conviction. But in August last year, the appeals court overturned it, saying the trial judge should have told jurors that if they believed that Logan feared Addison would attack him, he had the right to arm himself.

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