Md. court reverses three murder convictions

May 28, 2010

A Maryland appeals court has overturned three first-degree murder convictions.

The Court of Special Appeals ruled Thursday that Baltimore County police violated Lee Coleman-Fuller's right to counsel while investigating the 2006 slaying of Travis Taylor in Woodlawn.

The court also overturned Jeffrey Allen's Charles County conviction in the 2001 stabbing of John Butler in La Plata. The court said jurors were improperly told of Allen's prior armed-robbery conviction.

On Wednesday, the court ruled that a Washington County judge improperly allowed testimony about statements Marshall Adams made to police without his attorney present.

The court also said jurors should have been told they could consider whether Adams stabbed Leo Morris in a hot-blooded reaction to a robbery attempt in the 2006 incident.

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