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By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2010
A Baltimore County jury on Monday began considering the fate of Brian Maurice Savage, 22, accused of beating to death his girlfriend's 15-month-old baby last year. The jury retired to deliberate after hearing closing arguments from Savage's attorney, Roland Walker, and Assistant State's Attorney Karen Pilarski. Savage's trial began last Tuesday in Baltimore County Circuit Court. The defendant faces counts of first- and second-degree murder and child abuse in the death of Cameron Justin Williams, who had been left in Savage's care on Nov. 1, 2009, while the boy's mother went to work.
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By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2010
Her hand shaking, the defendant held a tissue to her face and appeared to stifle sobs as her recorded voice echoed through the courtroom. "I will survive you," Mary C. Koontz told her husband, whom she is accused of killing, in one of 23 phone messages — many of them belligerent and profane — that were played Monday during her trial in Baltimore County Circuit Court. "I won't make any threats that I won't carry out." Later in that same call, she said, "I have had all the pain I'm going to take."
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By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2012
A jury on Monday evening said that a national homebuilder owes $5.6 million to an Anne Arundel County condo association because their condominium complex was poorly constructed, according to the association's attorney. Following a five week trial and testimony from more than two dozen residents of the Eden Brook Condominiums in Odenton, a jury determined that Virginia-based NVR Inc., which does business as Ryan Homes, NVHomes and Fox Ridge Homes, should pay homeowners for defective construction and misrepresentations about the quality of the complex's construction, said attorney T. Allen Mott, of the Baltimore law firm Cowie & Mott.
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By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2010
After deliberating for 15 hours over three days, a Baltimore County jury rejected a 60-year-old woman's insanity defense on Thursday and found her guilty of shooting her estranged husband to death and of trying to kill their teenage daughter. Mary C. Koontz, a former English teacher at Sparrows Point High School, showed no visible reaction in the tense courtroom as the jury's forewoman declared her "guilty" of each of six counts — including first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and assault — and answered "yes" to a final question, which asked whether the defendant was criminally responsible for the crimes.
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By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2010
The case against three men standing trial in the death of former City Councilman Kenneth N. Harris continued Friday with the testimony of a police crime lab specialist. Richard Remy, a 31-year-old criminalist in serology at the Police Department's crime lab, spent hours on the witness stand providing compelling and even cheerful testimony on matters often considered tedious and arcane. His command of the facts earned him a degree of deference. "I compliment you — it's beyond thorough the amount of work you've put into this," Jason E. Silverstein, who represents defendant Charles Y. McGaney, told the witness, who had explained at considerable length how he obtained samples of skin cells and other microscopic matter from several items found at and near the scene of the Sept.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2011
A Baltimore Circuit Court jury on Tuesday awarded $95,000 to a man who had sued city police alleging that his arrest in April 2009 was unwarranted, according to his attorney. Tyron Decarlos Satchell, 18, had sought $1 million in punitive and an additional $4 million in compensatory damages against officers Frederick E. Murray, Christopher Warren and John Potter, all assigned to the Southwest District. According to his lawsuit, the three plainclothes officers confronted Satchell as he sat on the front porch of his home in the 1700 block of Poplar Grove St. The suit says the officers ordered some young men who were there off the porch, demanded their identification cards and "told them to sit on the ground.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2012
A Baltimore jury on Monday afternoon acquitted Keith X. Holly Jr., 23, who was accused of murdering James Ingram, 46, two years ago. Holly had denied committing the crime, and his public defender argued that it was committed by another man, Donte Collins, who has since been killed. The state's case "just doesn't make sense," said Denise Winston, the defender, during closing arguments. Prosecutors relied on the testimony of Renee Barnes, Collins' mother and a longtime friend of Ingram's; Yvette Edwards, a neighbor; and Latia Moses, Collins' girlfriend and the mother of his child.
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December 8, 2009
ALBANY, N.Y. - A federal jury convicted former New York Senate leader Joseph Bruno on two counts of corruption and acquitted him on five others. Bruno, once one of the state's most powerful politicians, was accused of enriching himself in the amount of $3.2 million by using his state influence. The trial exposed Albany's practice of influence-peddling by lawmakers. - Sun news services
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2012
A Baltimore County man was found guilty on Tuesday of murdering his girlfriend's boss in 2008, according to a statement from the state's attorney's office. A jury convicted Antoine M. Reed Jr., 33, in the death of Milton Barnes, who was shot in the head at an apartment management office at 6307 Monika Place in Woodlawn on June 24, 2008. Barnes, 36, was the manager of the Hunter's Crossing Apartments and had been having difficulties with an employee, who had been dating Reed, the statement said.
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By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | July 6, 2010
The sheet of paper handed to the jury forewoman contained a list of seven items. In the first six, the panel was asked to consider guilt or innocence in matters of murder, assault and use of a handgun. The seventh went to the heart of the case: Is the defendant criminally responsible? As the murder trial of Mary C. Koontz drew closer to the finish line Tuesday, the question of the 60-year-old defendant's sanity occupied almost the entirety of her attorney's 90-minute closing argument.
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