Petition requests reconsideration of carjacking ruling

November 14, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The attorney for fatal carjacking suspect Leeander Jerome Blake filed a petition late yesterday asking the state's highest court to reconsider a recent ruling that cleared the way for his alleged confession to be admitted in court when he comes to trial.

Last month, a three-judge panel of the state Court of Special Appeals reversed a lower court's decision excluding the statement the Annapolis teen-ager gave after being arrested in the shooting death of Straughan Lee Griffin, a 51-year-old business owner. Griffin was shot in September of last year in front of his home in the historic district of Annapolis.

Blake's attorney, Kenneth W. Ravenell of Baltimore, filed the writ of certiorari with the Court of Appeals yesterday afternoon, asking the court to hear the case as soon as possible.

Anne Arundel County prosecutors asked the Circuit Court on Nov. 10 to set a hearing to have 18-year-old Blake's bail revoked. Along with his alleged accomplice, Terrence Tolbert, 20, Blake has been out of jail for several months.

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