Court of Appeals agrees to hear arguments in carjacking case

November 29, 2003|By Molly Knight | Molly Knight,SUN STAFF

The Court of Appeals, Maryland's highest court, has agreed to hear arguments regarding the admissibility of an alleged confession by Terrence Tolbert, one of two men charged in last year's carjacking-homicide in Annapolis' historic district.

The Annapolis resident, 20, was released from jail in September when a circuit judge threw out a portion of his statement, saying that police should have read him his Miranda rights for a second time after he allegedly acknowledged involvement in the crime.

Prosecutors immediately appealed that decision to the Court of Special Appeals, the state's intermediate appellate court, even though it required authorities to release Tolbert.

A hearing date by the Court of Appeals has not been set.

The Court of Appeals was already set to consider another appeal in the case, this one involving Leeander Jerome Blake, 18, also charged in last year's fatal shooting of Straughan Lee Griffin, 51, of Annapolis. It will consider whether to reverse a Court of Special Appeals ruling allowing an alleged confession by Blake into evidence.

Another circuit judge threw out the alleged confession, but the Court of Special Appeals sided with prosecutors, who argued that Blake hadn't been improperly questioned. Last week, the judge ordered Blake, who had been released, held without bond.

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