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May 14, 2004
Matthew John Wagner, a retired foreman with the city Public Works Department's Bureau of Water and Wastewater and a World War II naval veteran, died of heart failure Sunday at his home in Mesa, Ariz. The former Chase resident was 84. Mr. Wagner was born in Baltimore and raised on Port Street. He was a graduate of what was then Patterson Park High School and entered the Navy in 1942. He served for three years as a gunner's mate aboard the battleship USS New Mexico, steaming more than 180,000 nautical miles and participating in every major naval engagement from Guadalcanal to Okinawa.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2011
Lavelva Merritt was sentenced to an additional five years in prison Monday after a judge ruled that she violated her probation from an earlier drug case when she and a boyfriend attacked a Johns Hopkins researcher last year, the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office announced. Merritt, 25, was previously sentenced to 30 years in prison — with half of the time suspended — for robbing Stephen Pitcairn as he walked home along St. Paul Street in July 2010. Her boyfriend, John Wagner, was sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years for stabbing Pitcairn to death during the robbery.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2011
John Wagner, who was convicted of murder in the 2010 stabbing death of a Johns Hopkins researcher and sentenced to life in prison, has - as promised - filed appeals in his case. The 38-year-old refused to accept responsibility for the crime during his sentencing last month in Baltimore Circuit Court, saying he wasn't "apologetic" because he "had no part in it. " "There's still a killer out there," Wagner said. His attorney, Assistant Public Defender Gregory Fischer, vowed to appeal on Wagner's behalf.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | December 16, 2011
John Wagner was ordered to serve an additional seven years in prison for the 2010 murder of a Johns Hopkins researcher after a judge ruled Friday that the stabbing death violated Wagner's probation from an earlier assault case, the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office announced. Wagner, 38, was sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years in October for the robbery and murder of Stephen Pitcairn last year, as the young man walked home along St. Paul Street. Both he and his co-defendant, Lavelva Merritt, were on probation for other cases at the time of the attack.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2011
Jury selection began Monday in the trial of John A. Wagner, a 34-year-old city man accused of killing a Johns Hopkins researcher last year. Wagner is charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of 23-year-old Stephen Pitcairn, who police say was robbed at knifepoint as he walked from Penn Station to his home in Charles Village the night of July 25, 2010. The killing angered the city and became a campaign issue in the race for city state's attorney. Baltimore Circuit Judge Charles J. Peters told the jury pool of 130 that he anticipated an eight-day trial that would end about Aug. 17. Choosing a jury proved challenging: More than 80 of those called Monday said they could not serve for that length of time.
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By Dan Rodricks | August 1, 2010
We, the people of Maryland, don't know our judges. Judges know judges. Lawyers know judges. Police officers know the judges of the Maryland District Court and, to some degree, the judges of the Circuit Court. I suppose the governors know the judges they appoint. But, for the most part, we don't know much about the judges who serve Baltimore and the counties of Maryland, though thousands of us have voted for dozens of them. It's time we paid more attention. Judge John Addison Howard's name has been in the news this past week; he's the Baltimore Circuit Court judge who had dealt leniently with John Wagner, the man accused in last Sunday's stabbing death of Stephen Pitcairn in Charles Village.
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By Robert Hilson Jr. and Robert Hilson Jr.,Evening Sun Staff | October 1, 1990
Michael Sancilio, a 4-year-old leukemia victim, was to leave the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center with his parents today, and doctors say there is a chance that he'll recover from the disease.In August, Michael was the recipient of umbilical cord blood collected when his sister was born. Dr. John Wagner, Michael's physician, said the procedure appears to have the helped the youngster, who has a rare and deadly form of childhood leukemia."He has made a very unremarkable course after the transplant," Dr. John Wagner, the boy's physician, said today.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2011
A violation of probation hearing for Lavelva Princess Merritt, who pleaded guilty to robbery charges in connection with the stabbing death last year of a young Johns Hopkins researcher, was postponed Friday because she mistakenly wasn't transported from jail for the proceeding. The new hearing date is set for Dec. 9, though it may be held earlier if it's combined with a separate sentencing for the robbery convictions, tentatively scheduled for late October or early November. Merritt admitted helping her boyfriend, John Wagner, rob Stephen Pitcairn of his wallet and iPhone on July 25, 2010, two days shy of the researcher's 24 t h birthday.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | December 16, 2011
John Wagner was ordered to serve an additional seven years in prison for the 2010 murder of a Johns Hopkins researcher after a judge ruled Friday that the stabbing death violated Wagner's probation from an earlier assault case, the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office announced. Wagner, 38, was sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years in October for the robbery and murder of Stephen Pitcairn last year, as the young man walked home along St. Paul Street. Both he and his co-defendant, Lavelva Merritt, were on probation for other cases at the time of the attack.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2011
The murder trial of Lavelva Merritt and John Wagner, the Baltimore couple accused of killing cancer researcher Stephen Pitcairn this summer as he walked home through Charles Village, has been postponed until April 26. It was originally scheduled to begin next week, but was delayed because the state's DNA analysis is incomplete and one of the defense attorneys has another trial scheduled, according to court records filed Friday. Charging documents claim Merritt, 24, and Wagner, 37, stabbed Pitcairn, who worked at Johns Hopkins University, and robbed him of his wallet and iPhone on July 25, then left him for dead on the sidewalk in the 2600 block of St. Paul St. They allegedly bragged about the murder and may have tried to use Pitcairn's credit cards, according to court documents.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2011
John Wagner, who was convicted of murder in the 2010 stabbing death of a Johns Hopkins researcher and sentenced to life in prison, has - as promised - filed appeals in his case. The 38-year-old refused to accept responsibility for the crime during his sentencing last month in Baltimore Circuit Court, saying he wasn't "apologetic" because he "had no part in it. " "There's still a killer out there," Wagner said. His attorney, Assistant Public Defender Gregory Fischer, vowed to appeal on Wagner's behalf.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2011
Lavelva Merritt, who helped rob a Johns Hopkins researcher last year as her boyfriend murdered him, was sentenced to 30 years in prison Monday under a plea deal struck in May, though half the time was suspended, making her eligible for parole in roughly six years. The term is short compared with the life sentence her accomplice, John Wagner, received last month after an emotional trial in Baltimore Circuit Court, but it reflects her cooperation in the case, prosecutors said. "Without Ms. Merritt's testimony, I'm not sure whether we would have been successful" in convicting Wagner, Baltimore State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein said Monday.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | October 21, 2011
John Alexander Wagner was sentenced Friday to life in prison plus 20 years for the 2010 robbery and stabbing death of Stephen Pitcairn, a Johns Hopkins researcher whose murder led to a cry for change in Baltimore. "I am going to show you the same mercy that you showed Mr. Pitcairn," Baltimore Circuit Judge Charles J. Peters said, ignoring a defense request for leniency based on Wagner's troubled upbringing, and sentencing the 38-year-old to maximum, consecutive terms for felony murder and conspiring to rob with a deadly weapon.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2011
A violation of probation hearing for Lavelva Princess Merritt, who pleaded guilty to robbery charges in connection with the stabbing death last year of a young Johns Hopkins researcher, was postponed Friday because she mistakenly wasn't transported from jail for the proceeding. The new hearing date is set for Dec. 9, though it may be held earlier if it's combined with a separate sentencing for the robbery convictions, tentatively scheduled for late October or early November. Merritt admitted helping her boyfriend, John Wagner, rob Stephen Pitcairn of his wallet and iPhone on July 25, 2010, two days shy of the researcher's 24 t h birthday.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2011
A roommate of a man charged with killing a Johns Hopkins researcher in Charles Village last summer testified Wednesday that moments after the attack the suspect said he "had robbed someone and that he had hurt him real bad. " Tyrine Williams told jurors that she and her boyfriend, Kevin Cosby, then tried to use the victim's stolen credit card at a nearby gas station on Howard Street, and that they planned to use the proceeds to buy drugs to...
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2011
Jury selection began Monday in the trial of John A. Wagner, a 34-year-old city man accused of killing a Johns Hopkins researcher last year. Wagner is charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of 23-year-old Stephen Pitcairn, who police say was robbed at knifepoint as he walked from Penn Station to his home in Charles Village the night of July 25, 2010. The killing angered the city and became a campaign issue in the race for city state's attorney. Baltimore Circuit Judge Charles J. Peters told the jury pool of 130 that he anticipated an eight-day trial that would end about Aug. 17. Choosing a jury proved challenging: More than 80 of those called Monday said they could not serve for that length of time.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2011
Lavelva Merritt was sentenced to an additional five years in prison Monday after a judge ruled that she violated her probation from an earlier drug case when she and a boyfriend attacked a Johns Hopkins researcher last year, the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office announced. Merritt, 25, was previously sentenced to 30 years in prison — with half of the time suspended — for robbing Stephen Pitcairn as he walked home along St. Paul Street in July 2010. Her boyfriend, John Wagner, was sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years for stabbing Pitcairn to death during the robbery.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2011
Lavelva Merritt, who helped rob a Johns Hopkins researcher last year as her boyfriend murdered him, was sentenced to 30 years in prison Monday under a plea deal struck in May, though half the time was suspended, making her eligible for parole in roughly six years. The term is short compared with the life sentence her accomplice, John Wagner, received last month after an emotional trial in Baltimore Circuit Court, but it reflects her cooperation in the case, prosecutors said. "Without Ms. Merritt's testimony, I'm not sure whether we would have been successful" in convicting Wagner, Baltimore State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein said Monday.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2011
Baltimore prosecutors have cut a deal with a woman charged in the stabbing death of a Johns Hopkins researcher, agreeing to drop murder charges in exchange for testimony against her lover in a case that became a rallying point during last year's heated state's attorney's race. Lavelva Merritt, 23, pleaded guilty to robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery, saying that her co-defendant stabbed Stephen Pitcairn last summer and that she punched the victim as he fell to the ground, stealing his cellphone while he lay there.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2011
The murder trial of Lavelva Merritt and John Wagner, the Baltimore couple accused of killing cancer researcher Stephen Pitcairn this summer as he walked home through Charles Village, has been postponed until April 26. It was originally scheduled to begin next week, but was delayed because the state's DNA analysis is incomplete and one of the defense attorneys has another trial scheduled, according to court records filed Friday. Charging documents claim Merritt, 24, and Wagner, 37, stabbed Pitcairn, who worked at Johns Hopkins University, and robbed him of his wallet and iPhone on July 25, then left him for dead on the sidewalk in the 2600 block of St. Paul St. They allegedly bragged about the murder and may have tried to use Pitcairn's credit cards, according to court documents.
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