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July 20, 2013
We've heard a lot about George Zimmerman fearing for his life, which apparently justified his actions in the minds of the trial jury, but I haven't heard anyone talk about, or even suggest, that maybe Trayvon Martin also feared for his life and acted accordingly ("No justice," July 16). Manslaughter was the only true justice that should have been meted out in this case. Patricia Hawthorne, Baltimore
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By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
A 46-year-old Laurel man has been charged with killing his 68-year-old father in a fight at their home Sunday morning, Howard County police said. Nandal Gupta and his son, Deepak, got into an argument that turned physical, police said, causing Nandal to experience chest pains. Emergency responders took him from the home in the 9500 block of Washington Ave. to Laurel Regional Hospital, where he died at 9:35 a.m. Deepak Gupta has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and first- and second-degree assault, police said.
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February 19, 2010
A Howard County woman has been charged with negligent manslaughter in an auto accident Nov. 12. Min Na Moon, 20, of the 13000 block of Julia Manor Way in West Friendship was indicted Wednesday and arrested hours later. Police say Moon was driving a Honda CRX on Route 32 near Nixon's Farm Lane in West Friendship about 6:45 a.m., crossed a double yellow line and collided head-on with a Chrysler PT Cruiser. Its driver, Gilbert L. Trowbridge II, 54, of Laurel was pronounced dead at the scene.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2014
The House Judiciary voted Wednesday night to approve a bill that would allow a judge to give up to a one-year jail term to a driver who kills someone while distracted by use of a hand-held cell phone. By a bipartisan 18-3 vote, the panel sent the measure known as Jake's Law to the full House. The legislation is named after 5-year-old Jake Owen, who was killed near the Beltway and Interstate 83 three days after Christmas 2011 when the driver of an SUV plowed into the rear of the vehicle in which his family was traveling to a mall to return presents.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | July 29, 2011
The manslaughter and carjacking trial of Charles Johnson III, who's accused of killing three Baltimore teens in a car crash last year after blowing through a red light in a stolen vehicle, was postponed Friday until Oct. 3. Assistant Public Defender Jane E. McGough requested the delay so she could arrange for an independent evaluation of Johnson's mental health records. The 20-year-old has already been found competent to stand trial by state evaluators, but McGough said she wants an outside opinion.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2011
Maryland's highest court on Thursday granted a new manslaughter trial to Ricky Savoy, saying that a jury instruction in his Baltimore trial in the 1993 death of Marvin Watts was improper. In a 5-2 ruling that overturned the conviction, the majority of the Court of Appeals judges wrote that a jury instruction lowered prosecutors' burden of proof from the familiar "beyond a reasonable doubt," which is what is constitutionally required. A judge told them that proof was also to be to a "moral certainty," which was explained as "based upon convincing grounds of probability.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2012
Only James D. Laboard knows his intentions the night Baltimore County police said the off-duty officer chased a group of teens who had thrown a rock at his home. But as authorities considered charges in the ensuing death of Christopher Brown, they had to try to discern Laboard's intentions. Laboard was charged with two counts of manslaughter — one involuntary — in the asphyxiation death of the Randallstown High School teen; either count could carry a 10-year sentence. The victim's mother expressed outrage that the officer isn't facing more severe charges, alleging that the officer received preferential treatment and calling for an outside investigation.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2011
A driver with a blood-alcohol level measured at twice the legal limit after his speeding car killed two pedestrians and struck another car on the shoulder of Interstate 70 was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison. Baltimore County Circuit Judge Patrick Cavanaugh, who presided over a bench trial, found Donneil Raeburn, 27, guilty in April of two counts of manslaughter. On Tuesday, Cavanaugh imposed the maximum sentence, 10 years for each victim, and ordered that the terms be served consecutively.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer | April 20, 1993
Carroll Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. sentenced a Montgomery County man yesterday to 10 years in state prison for automobile manslaughter.That was twice the amount of prison time prosecutors were seeking."
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2011
A Carroll County woman whose car crashed into the back of a stopped motorcycle on U.S. 40 last summer pleaded guilty Friday to negligent manslaughter. The prosecution is seeking a 5-year sentence for Alison Walsh, 23, of Hampstead, after her plea in Howard County Circuit Court. Police said that Walsh had a blood-alcohol level of .17 percent, more than double the legal limit. The July 11 accident killed 68-year-old Cecilia Amato of Pennsylvania, who, with her 74-year-old husband, Antonio, was on the way to Gettysburg, Pa. Antonio Amato told police that he was stopped about 15 feet from the intersection of U.S. 40 and Marriottsville Road at a light red when his motorcycle was struck by Walsh's Honda Civic.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2014
A Harford County teenager admitted to a judge Wednesday that he shot and killed his father, an act he told police was motivated by years of abuse at the hands of a man who treated him like he "was his slave. " Robert C. Richardson III, now 18, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and a handgun allegation as part of a deal with prosecutors, who dropped more serious charges in the 2012 death of Robert C. Richardson Jr. — a case that both sides said shows people must act when they suspect a child is being mistreated.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
A driver who struck and killed a bicyclist in Davidsonville in August will not face criminal manslaughter charges, an Anne Arundel County grand jury decided on Friday. Whitney Decesaris, 37, of Calvert County, will instead be cited for four traffic violations in the death of Trish Cunningham, 50, an assistant track and field and cross country coach at Annapolis High School. "I'm very disappointed," said Cunningham's daughter, Morgan, 21. "I just hoped [her death] would mean more than four traffic tickets.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2013
A Severn man was sentenced to two years in prison and must pay for the funeral of the man who died after the two got into a fight at a trailer park last winter, an Anne Arundel County judge ruled Tuesday. Anthony James Garcia, 49, of the 1000 block of Egret Court in Severn, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in September in the death of David Lamont Harley, 45, last December. Police said Harley and Garcia had fought on Fair Breeze Drive in the Severn Mobile Home Park on Dec. 6. Harley was hospitalized and was taken off life support about a week later, police said.
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October 8, 2013
Anne Arundel County police say a 20-year-old Severn woman has been charged with negligent manslaughter by motor vehicle after cell phone records indicate she was using her cell phone when the car she was driving struck a motorcycle, killing the driver. Jonathan Wesley Roberts, 30, of Virginia, died in the accident, which occurred in March 10 in Gambrills. Police said Elizabeth Haley Meyers, was attempting to cross northbound Route 3 when the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt she was driving traveled into the path of a 2007 Suzuki motorcycle, driven by Roberts in the left lane.
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July 20, 2013
We've heard a lot about George Zimmerman fearing for his life, which apparently justified his actions in the minds of the trial jury, but I haven't heard anyone talk about, or even suggest, that maybe Trayvon Martin also feared for his life and acted accordingly ("No justice," July 16). Manslaughter was the only true justice that should have been meted out in this case. Patricia Hawthorne, Baltimore
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2013
A visibly relieved James D. Laboard hugged family members Thursday after jurors found the Baltimore County police officer not guilty in the death of the teenager he chased down and fought last June. Seventeen-year-old Christopher Brown had been with a group of boys who threw a rock at Laboard's door before the off-duty officer found him, and neither side in the case disputed that Brown had died as a result of the ensuing altercation. But a jury decided after a four-day trial that Laboard had not broken the law by placing the teen in the neck restraint that the state argued had killed him. The officer has not spoken publicly and did not testify.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2014
A Harford County teenager admitted to a judge Wednesday that he shot and killed his father, an act he told police was motivated by years of abuse at the hands of a man who treated him like he "was his slave. " Robert C. Richardson III, now 18, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and a handgun allegation as part of a deal with prosecutors, who dropped more serious charges in the 2012 death of Robert C. Richardson Jr. — a case that both sides said shows people must act when they suspect a child is being mistreated.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2013
Baltimore County police officer James D. Laboard was playing Jenga at his Randallstown home when he heard the rock hit his door. The officer ran out and chased the teenager he saw running away, his lawyers said, touching off an altercation that led to Christopher Brown's "completely accidental" death. The account came Tuesday during Laboard's manslaughter trial, in which the defense laid out his side of the story for the first time. His attorneys said in opening statements that Brown, 17, had punched the off-duty officer and that Laboard had used his body weight in an attempt to subdue the teen.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2013
It took Chris Brown months to return to work after the death of her 17-year-old son. She has left her old home and is still hesitant to look at pictures of the teen. On Monday, a little more than a year after Christopher Brown died, the Baltimore County police officer accused of killing him is set to be tried for manslaughter. And Chris Brown will have to relive her loss through agonizing courtroom testimony. "Now I am faced with all those feelings again," said Brown, who plans to watch as prosecutors try to convict Officer James D. Laboard.
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