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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2013
Attorneys for George Huguely V, convicted last year of beating his girlfriend Yeardley Love to death in a highly-publicized case, appealed the case earlier this month. Huguely, a former University of Virginia lacrosse player, was convicted of second-degree murder in February 2012 and sentenced to 23 years in prison last August. Prosecutors argued that in 2010 he drunkenly beat Love, of Cockeysville, in her bedroom and left her there bleeding. Love, a fellow University of Virginia student, was later found dead.
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By Justin Fenton and Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2014
Baltimore Police Sgt. Keith Mcneill, who was off duty when he was ambushed and shot multiple times Friday night, was in critical but stable condition Monday, while his alleged shooter is expected to have a bail review hearing Tuesday. Mcneill was sitting in his car outside a friend's auto repair shop in the 1900 block of Belair Road when the shooting occurred. Police quickly identified 34-year-old Gregg Thomas as a suspect, and on Sunday, Thomas turned himself in to face charges of attempted murder.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2010
Authorities in Delaware are convinced that Franklin C. Foraker strangled Margaret Essick and threw her body off a bridge and into the Conowingo Creek back in 1975. He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. Foraker, however, insists he did not kill the woman. Despite several confessions, he now says Essick ran from his car in a Delaware shopping center after she and his girlfriend argued, and he has no idea how her body ended up in the creek. And he now says there's hidden evidence to prove he's innocent.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2014
A Baltimore man went free Thursday after almost six years in prison, as city prosecutors dropped murder conspiracy charges against him because a federal investigation led to the conviction of another man. The man targeted by federal authorities pleaded guilty last year, but John Mooney waited six more months in prison. On Thursday, a prosecutor dropped the charges. Mooney, 26, was not in court for the final hearing, and the action happened so quickly that his family — sitting in the back row of the courtroom — did not immediately realize what had taken place.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2014
A Baltimore man went free Thursday after almost six years in prison, as city prosecutors dropped murder conspiracy charges against him because a federal investigation led to the conviction of another man. The man targeted by federal authorities pleaded guilty last year, but John Mooney waited six more months in prison. On Thursday, a prosecutor dropped the charges. Mooney, 26, was not in court for the final hearing, and the action happened so quickly that his family — sitting in the back row of the courtroom — did not immediately realize what had taken place.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2012
Attorneys for George W. Huguely V are appealing his second-degree murder conviction for beating his ex-girlfriend to death in May 2010. Huguely, a former University of Virginia lacrosse player from Chevy Chase, was convicted in February and sentenced in August to 23 years in prison for the death of Yeardley Love, 22, of Cockeysville. A notice of appeal was filed Tuesday in the Charlottesville Circuit Court, but it does not lay out the grounds for the challenge. Before the sentencing, Huguely's legal team had asked the judge to overturn the verdict, arguing that the trial had been unfair and that the jury received improper instructions.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2011
When a police detective tells a suspect that their conversation "is between you and me, bud," it needs to stay that way, the Maryland Court of Appeals ruled Monday, overturning a murder conviction in Baltimore County. The judges ruled unanimously that Christian Darrell Lee's admission that he shot and killed a man during a home invasion in North Point in 2006 should not have been used at his trial, at which he was convicted of murder and sentenced to life plus 110 years in prison. Lee confessed during an interrogation with Baltimore County homicide Detective Craig Schrott.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2013
Baltimore State's Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein took to the streets Tuesday to announce a recent murder conviction. A jury last week convicted Phillip Herrell, 32, of first-degree murder in the 2007 shooting of Melvin Jordan, 32, outside a bar just a block up the street from where Bernstein spoke at the edge of the Oliver neighborhood. Prosecutors said Herrell was a member of the Crips gang and attacked Jordan because he was wearing a red shirt, a color associated with the rival Bloods gang.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2012
The Maryland Court of Special Appeals upheld a Baltimore County man's conviction in the death of his wife who went missing the night she was supposed to go to a Motley Crue concert in Washington and whose body was never found. Dennis J. Tetso, 47, who was found guilty of second-degree murder in the presumed death of Tracey Leigh Gardner, lost his appeal that argued a lack of insufficient evidence to support conviction for second-degree murder. Although Gardner's body was never recovered, the court's opinion agreed with the state's arguments that Gardner's disappearance and lack of contact with family and friends and use of credit cards was enough to show that Gardner was dead.
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By Colin Campbell and Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2014
A Virginia appeals court on Tuesday upheld the second-degree murder conviction of a former University of Virginia lacrosse player found guilty in the beating death of his ex-girlfriend, Yeardley Love, in May 2010. George W. Huguely V's lawyers appealed his 2012 conviction in the murder of Love, 22, who was a member of the U.Va. women's lacrosse team and a native of Cockeysville. Love was found beaten in her apartment with the door kicked in just weeks before she was scheduled to graduate from U.Va.
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By Colin Campbell and Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2014
A Virginia appeals court on Tuesday upheld the second-degree murder conviction of a former University of Virginia lacrosse player found guilty in the beating death of his ex-girlfriend, Yeardley Love, in May 2010. George W. Huguely V's lawyers appealed his 2012 conviction in the murder of Love, 22, who was a member of the U.Va. women's lacrosse team and a native of Cockeysville. Love was found beaten in her apartment with the door kicked in just weeks before she was scheduled to graduate from U.Va.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | December 9, 2013
A woman came face to face Monday with the man who paid a gang hit man to murder her son, as a federal judge sentenced Jose Morales to life in prison. As Grace Bouvier spoke of how her granddaughter was left without a father, Morales, convicted in October in the murder Robert Long, thrust his darkly bearded chin in the air and watched her talk. "I don't know why Mr. Morales had my son murdered," Bouvier said, cutting short her comments after being overcome by emotion. It had been a long journey for Bouvier, who sat through a state trial in which jurors wrongly convicted another man of killing Long in a fight over drugs.
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By Jessica Anderson and Luke Lavoie, Baltimore Sun Media Group | October 24, 2013
Howard County police found the convicted felon wanted in the shooting of an officer as the man limped along U.S. 1 Thursday morning, concluding a manhunt that had begun the day before while authorities canvassed the area. Stephon Prather, 29, was found walking with the help of two sticks near the spot where police said he exchanged gunshots Wednesday with three officers. Authorities said he had been shot twice in the legs and believe he spent the night in a storm drain where investigators later found a gun. Prather's capture came after hundreds of officers — including aviation, canine and foot patrol units — scoured a half-mile-wide wooded area along the busy thoroughfare in Laurel.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2013
Kareem Hasan left prison this year after 37 years behind bars. Now that he's free, he sees something that troubles him. "Every time I go out, I see a bunch of kids in the street," the 55-year-old said. Hasan spoke at Morgan State University on Saturday during a town hall meeting on Maryland's criminal justice policies. He recalled an evening driving around with his sister when they almost hit a teen who was out playing football. When Hasan asked the boy why he was in the street, the teen said they had nowhere else to go. Hasan - one of 26 convicted felons released from prison this year after the state's high court found that their trials were unfair - worries that flaws in the state's criminal system are still hurting black youths.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2013
Attorneys for George Huguely V, convicted last year of beating his girlfriend Yeardley Love to death in a highly-publicized case, appealed the case earlier this month. Huguely, a former University of Virginia lacrosse player, was convicted of second-degree murder in February 2012 and sentenced to 23 years in prison last August. Prosecutors argued that in 2010 he drunkenly beat Love, of Cockeysville, in her bedroom and left her there bleeding. Love, a fellow University of Virginia student, was later found dead.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2013
Describing him as a "monster hiding behind the softness of human skin," a Howard County judge sentenced Robert Jarrett Jr. to the maximum 30 years in prison Thursday for killing his wife and concealing her remains under a shed behind his Elkridge home. The conclusion of the trial brought some closure but few answers to Christine Jarrett's relatives, who said they're still struggling to understand why she was killed. Though detectives and some relatives had long suspected that Jarrett was responsible for the disappearance of his wife in 1991, his sons believed their father's account that she had walked out on them.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | October 27, 2010
Maryland's highest court threw out Wednesday the murder conviction of a man accused of shooting his fiancee in the head more than a dozen years ago, the second time appellate judges have vacated a guilty verdict in the case, citing errors by prosecutors and the judge. At Tony Williams' first trial in 1999, the state's attorney's office failed to disclose that a witness to whom the suspect confessed was a police informant, and the Court of Appeals ordered a new trial. At the suspect's second trial in 2007, the appeals court has now ruled that the judge mistakenly allowed videotaped testimony from another witness who died before the second trial, after a detective disclosed that the woman was legally blind and might not have been able to see the shooting, as she had claimed in court.
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April 14, 1992
The state's highest court reinstated yesterday the murder conviction of a Harford County woman whose guilty verdict was reversed last year by the Court of Special Appeals.The unanimous opinion of the Maryland Court of Appeals overruled a May 7, 1991, decision by the state's second-highest court, which had ordered a new trial for Dana Ashley Hawkins.Hawkins was sentenced to 15 years in prison for the 1989 murder of Dell Noble in a Harford County motel and 10 years for being an accessory to the crime after the fact.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2013
Baltimore State's Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein took to the streets Tuesday to announce a recent murder conviction. A jury last week convicted Phillip Herrell, 32, of first-degree murder in the 2007 shooting of Melvin Jordan, 32, outside a bar just a block up the street from where Bernstein spoke at the edge of the Oliver neighborhood. Prosecutors said Herrell was a member of the Crips gang and attacked Jordan because he was wearing a red shirt, a color associated with the rival Bloods gang.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2013
The Court of Appeals Tuesday overturned murder-conspiracy convictions of two men involved in what judges called a "revenge-type shooting spree," setting the 2003 case up for a third trial. Darnell Fields, 33, and Clayton Colkley, 37, were first convicted in 2005 and again in 2010 after the Court of Special Appeals threw out the first round of verdicts. Fields and Colkley are accused in the murder of James Bowens and an attempt to kill William Courts, who was shot ten times but survived.
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