Jury returns Tuesday in fatal jail beating

October 07, 2006|By Brent Jones

A Baltimore jury deliberated yesterday without reaching a verdict on two former correctional officers charged in the deadly beating death of a detainee at the downtown jail.

The jury has deliberated six hours over two days. With court closed Monday because of Columbus Day, jurors will return Tuesday to resume deliberations on Dameon C. Woods and James L. Hatcher. The defendants are charged with second-degree murder in the beating death of Raymond K. Smoot at the Central Booking and Intake Center last year.

The jury had only a few questions for the court yesterday, including one regarding a stipulation involving a lieutenant who testified for the prosecution. The lieutenant had originally placed Hatcher inside an elevator during the time of the beating but later said he was not sure where Hatcher was.

"My clients are praying a lot," said Andrew I. Alperstein, Hatcher's lawyer. "They're deeply religious people and hope [the jury] does the right thing."

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