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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2010
You would think that someone known as the father of blood spatter analysis wouldn't have much trouble getting paid for his services — who, after all, would want to find out how someone like that goes about collecting bad debts? But the so-called father of this frightful field of forensics says he's been stiffed by a Montgomery County prosecutor who hired him to review the evidence in a murder case, but who refused to pay him after an analysis showed that the defendant was innocent.
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By Ian Duncan and The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2014
As his second trial for the murder of 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes approaches, Michael Maurice Johnson took the witness stand Tuesday and testified that his former attorney told him he had to talk to police — bad advice his new lawyers say helped get him convicted. "He didn't give me an option," said Johnson, 30, his voice scratchy over the courtroom speakers. A Baltimore jury found Johnson guilty of second degree murder last year, but the verdict was overturned after a judge ruled that prosecutors withheld information about a key witness in the case.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2013
For more than a decade, Priscilla Lollar struggled to face the realization that her son had been killed in a brawl outside an Atlanta nightclub. But these days, her emotions are raw again, as one of the men charged in the slaying - Baltimore Ravens star Ray Lewis - attracts national attention for his impending retirement and the team's playoff run. The brawl in the early morning hours of Jan. 31, 2000, left two young men from Akron, Ohio, dead...
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
Closing arguments are expected Tuesday in the trial of an off-duty New Jersey police officer accused of murdering a Lansdowne man following a road-rage incident last summer in Anne Arundel County During the final day of testimony in Circuit Court on Monday, two law enforcement experts offered opposite opinions as to whether Joseph Lamont Walker, 41, acted reasonably in shooting Joseph Dale Harvey Jr., 36, on the side of Route 3 near Interstate 97...
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2012
After his first city prosecution resulted in a mixed outcome last year, with one defendant acquitted and two others convicted of minor offenses, Baltimore State's Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein is set to try a murder case Monday. William Carr, 50, is charged in the fatal shooting of 55-year-old deliveryman Chong Wan Yim during an armed robbery June 28 at the Erdman Shopping Center in Belair-Edison. Carr has a lengthy criminal record, according to police, and was released in 2010 from a 20-year prison term associated with an earlier armed robbery.
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By Carrie Wells and The Baltimore Sun | January 11, 2013
Today we published a story examining the aftermath of a double-murder case that Ravens star Ray Lewis was charged in back in 2000. His murder charges were ultimately dropped, and he pleaded to a misdemeanor obstruction of justice charge, while two co-defendants were acquitted of murder. But the issue still resonates for Lewis and the families of the two men killed in a brawl outside an Atlanta club. Read the story here.   We spoke today with another aunt of Richard Lollar, one of the men killed in the brawl, as well as former Ravens kicker Matt Stover.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2013
A Baltimore Circuit Court judge ruled that a jury will be able to hear the taped confession of a teenage defendant in a murder case, rejecting his lawyers' claim that the police had coerced the statement from him. Markell Shelton Jones and his mother, Lakisha Jones, testified Monday that they had been influenced by police, an argument Robert Linthicum, Jones' attorney, made again Tuesday. "The whole thing basically reeks of coercion," he said. But Judge M. Brooke Murdock said police had done nothing improper in the way they conducted the interviews and said she did not find the defendant's mother credible.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2013
Members of a Baltimore jury were reminded on Thursday to act civil toward each other as they continue to deliberate a murder and murder conspiracy trial that has kept them in close quarters for four days. Thursday afternoon, a jury of eight black women, two black men, a white man and a white woman walked into the Baltimore City Circuit Judge Emanuel Brown's courtroom and sat down for a lecture on decorum. The jurors had been debating the fates of three men who allegedly reacted to the killing of a family member by taking revenge on people throughout a neighborhood block.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | May 7, 2005
Jason A. Shapiro, Gray's attorney, told the jury yesterday that his client's only crime was helping dispose of the corpse. In Williams trial, he testified that he saw Gray choke and kill Hughes.
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By Nicole Fuller | September 29, 2007
For the second time in a week, Anne Arundel County prosecutors have thrown out a murder case, this time because one of two men accused in a fatal Annapolis shooting could not have been at the scene. Prosecutors dismissed first-degree-murder charges yesterday against Keith Brown, 27, and Ryan B. Wheeler, 26, both of Annapolis after Wheeler's attorney, F. Spencer Gordon, produced several witnesses who corroborated his client's alibi, that he was drinking with friends in downtown Annapolis bars on Oct. 12, 2006, the night that Jamore Van Johnson, 39, was killed.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2014
Jury selection begins Friday in the murder trial of Joseph Lamont Walker, a New Jersey police officer accused of the fatal shooting of a Lansdowne man during a road rage incident in Anne Arundel County last summer. The case will go on as scheduled after Judge Michael Wachs dismissed a motion Thursday by Walker's attorneys to have the case dismissed. One hundred and fifty potential jurors have been called to the Anne Arundel Circuit Court in Annapolis for the case, which has drawn attention in law enforcement circles.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2014
A Baltimore jury failed to reach a verdict Tuesday in a high-profile murder case, leading a city judge to declare a mistrial in city prosecutors' first battle with what they say is a murderous group within the Black Guerrilla Family gang. A juror who declined to give her name said a majority on the panel had been leaning toward acquitting David Hunter, an alleged BGF member who was charged with murder in the broad-daylight killing of heroin dealer Henry Mills on Greenmount Avenue three years ago. At its heart, Hunter's case was a simple matter: The jury was asked to weigh the credibility of eyewitnesses to Mills' June 2011 death.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2014
After serving nearly 40 years in prison for a fatal shooting, Walter Lomax was released in 2006 amid questions about his trial. On Wednesday, he celebrated another milestone in his case, as prosecutors formally dropped the charges against him. Lomax, now 67, was sent to prison after being found guilty in the 1968 death of Robert L. Brewer, a night manager of a Brooklyn food market. A judge commuted his sentence eight years ago, citing problems with the evidence that led to his conviction.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2014
Morgan Lane Arnold's bedroom at her mother's house was painted pink and lilac, with white unicorns prancing in a border that ran along the walls. Even at 14, her mother said, she still believed in unicorns. The room has been repainted recently, the unicorns vanished under layers of pale blue and sea green, and Arnold, at 15, is now an adult in the eyes of the law. She is charged with first-degree murder and four other counts in the stabbing last year of her father, prominent Howard County businessman and blogger Dennis Lane.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2013
Members of a Baltimore jury were reminded on Thursday to act civil toward each other as they continue to deliberate a murder and murder conspiracy trial that has kept them in close quarters for four days. Thursday afternoon, a jury of eight black women, two black men, a white man and a white woman walked into the Baltimore City Circuit Judge Emanuel Brown's courtroom and sat down for a lecture on decorum. The jurors had been debating the fates of three men who allegedly reacted to the killing of a family member by taking revenge on people throughout a neighborhood block.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2013
Three men pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiring to commit a West Baltimore murder that left two brothers dead and inspired what police believe was a revenge killing against the family of one of the suspects, the State's Attorney's Office said. Evric Morgan, 28, Rafael Hardy, 30, and Tyrell Hill, 28, all accepted deals extended by a Baltimore circuit judge to plead guilty on the eve of their trials in exchange for receiving a sentence of life with all but 20 years suspended. A fourth defendant, Marcelle Graham, rejected the deal and is maintaining his innocence.
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By a Sun reporter | September 20, 2007
A Baltimore Circuit Court judge yesterday declared a mistrial in an attempted murder and witness intimidation case after a juror said two men who were watching the proceedings saw her later at a bus stop and scared her, according to the city prosecutors. The news came in the form of a handwritten note from the jury forewoman to Judge Robert Kershaw during the second day of deliberations in the trial of Yusef Winston-Bey, 27, and Victor Shuron, 30. They are charged in the Nov. 27, 2006, shooting of a witness in a Baltimore County homicide.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer | June 9, 1994
After two hours of deliberations, the Carroll County Circuit jury considering the attempted first-degree murder case against a Taneytown carpenter retired for the night.The nine-man, three-woman panel was to resume deliberations this morning in William Richard Bollinger's case. Mr. Bollinger, 50, was charged with breaking into his former girlfriend's house and shooting her in the chest.He never denied breaking into Faye Virginia Glass' house Oct. 20. He testified yesterday that he brought a gun because he wanted to get her attention and force her to talk to him about the breakup of their relationship.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2013
A federal jury in Greenbelt convicted a Baltimore contractor on Wednesday of ordering the killing of a witness against him in a series of theft cases, rendering a swift verdict after a man wrongfully convicted of the death was cleared. Prosecutors said contractor Jose Morales coordinated by phone with the gunman who shot Robert Long, an employee at Morales' construction company, twice in the head at close range in March 2008. Baltimore police had arrested Demetrius Smith on the theory that he and Long had a dispute over drugs.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2013
Baltimore Police have charged a 20-year-old man in the July killing of Davon Ockimey - and say they have closed a murder case in which they believe Ockimey was the killer.  Antonio Braxton, of the 3800 block of Ridgewood Ave., is charged with first degree murder in the July 2 fatal shooting of Ockimey, 26, in the 4200 block of Pimlico Rd. According to charging documents, Ockimey was walking out of a convenience store in the block when he was...
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