Man acquitted of fatally stabbing student sues UM, Pr. George's

August 24, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A man acquitted of charges that he fatally stabbed a University of Maryland, College Park student last year, but convicted of related crimes, is suing Prince George's County and university officials for alleged civil rights violations.

Quan Lewayne Davis, 25, of Hanover was sentenced to 13 years in prison for riot and openly carrying a deadly weapon with intent to injure. Police said he was the man who stabbed Brandon J. Malstrom, 20, at an off-campus party Nov. 10, 2002.

Davis filed his lawsuit, which seeks $4 million, this month in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. He names as defendants the Prince George's executive, the Prince George's Police Department, the university and officers on the university and county police departments.

Davis accuses the parties of unlawful arrest, illegal search and seizure, false testimony, racially motivated arrest and other wrongdoing.

His appeals in state court have been rejected.

The county executive's office, the police and the university would not comment on the lawsuit.

In his trial, prosecutors said Davis had traces of Malstrom's blood on his pants. Davis' defense lawyer suggested that evidence was planted by police.

Malstrom was killed as a homecoming party was breaking up near the College Park campus.

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