Lamont Davis jurors send notes to judge

One asks for attempted-murder definitions

April 14, 2010|By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun

A Baltimore jury will continue deliberations today in the attempted-murder trial of Lamont Davis, who's charged in the July 2009 shootings of Raven Wyatt, now 6, and Tradon Hicks, now 18.

Jurors sent two notes to the judge Wednesday, according to the city state's attorney's office. One note asked for clarification on the difference between first- and second-degree attempted murder. The other asked why Davis was on house arrest.

Davis, who turns 18 today, had been in a juvenile detention facility for assaulting a teenage girl shortly before the shooting but was released in June with a requirement to wear a GPS monitoring device.

His attorney has said the device proves that Davis was at home when Raven and Hicks, who's known by the nickname "Reds," were shot. But Assistant State's Attorney Diana Smith has said that the GPS system and its records are flawed.

Jurors were not told why Davis was on house arrest because the information was not entered into evidence during the lengthy trial, according to Joseph Sviatko, a Baltimore state's attorney spokesman. They were brought into the courtroom after lunch for an explanation about the difference between the attempted-murder degrees.

Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Gale E. Rasin dismissed the jurors Wednesday just after 5 p.m. Deliberations began about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

tricia.bishop@baltsun.com

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