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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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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 Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2012
Jury deliberations began Wednesday in the death-penalty trial of a convicted murderer charged with killing a correctional officer at the now-closed House of Correction. If the Anne Arundel County jury convicts Lee Edward "Shy" Stephens in the July 2006 stabbing of Cpl. David McGuinn, he could become the first person sentenced to death under Maryland's new capital punishment law. The three-week trial featured 10 prisoners testifying as eyewitnesses for both the prosecution and defense, giving jurors a peek into life at a troubled maximum-security prison where investigators found hundreds of homemade weapons in the aftermath of the slaying — but no murder weapon.
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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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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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Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2010
The attorney for an Army non-commissioned officer charged with having sex with one of his female students in a Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps program at a Columbia high school last May filed a motion Friday to reverse a judge's ruling that sealed part of a jury note after a mistrial was declared Thursday night in Howard County Circuit Court. Attorney Thomas Morrow, who had asked Judge Timothy McCrone for the mistrial after a jury of eight women and four men informed McCrone that they were "hopelessly deadlocked" despite deliberating the fate of Sgt. Charles Ray Moore for less than four hours, said McCrone violated procedural rules by sealing part of the note.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2013
A turbulent spring among a family of immigrants nine years ago led to a plot to slash the throats of three young children, prosecutors said Thursday in closing arguments in the murder trial of Policarpio Espinoza Perez. "There was something terribly wrong in that family dynamic," Assistant State's Attorney Nicole Lomartire said. Prosecutors told a story about the days and hours before the killings, pointing to romantic tensions among members of the large Espinoza Perez family of illegal immigrants from Mexico, but stopped short of spelling out a conclusive motive for the May 2004 killings.
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By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2010
A Baltimore County jury found a former military corpsman guilty Thursday of first-degree murder, first-degree assault and other charges in connection with the beating death of a man last year in the men's room of a Catonsville bar. Testimony in Benjamin W. Shorter's trial wrapped up Wednesday, after a visit by the jury to Morsberger's Tavern, where Franklin J. Schissler died March 29, 2009, of what an autopsy determined was a heart attack caused...
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July 16, 2013
Am I to believe that the jury and the judicial system themselves are now under indictment following the verdict in the George Zimmerman case ("Martin verdict fires debate," July 15)? A jury has to navigate the difficult waters between what the law and the evidence require for conviction. It would seem logical that the initial perpetrator in this case is obvious. Anyone would be concerned if someone began following them for no justifiable reason. So who was threatening whom?
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