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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2011
Jacqueline Hill rose from the witness stand Wednesday to answer questions about an exhibit. She stretched out her right arm as she spoke, straight to the tip of her index finger, which was cocked in the direction of a Baltimore prosecutor. Again and again, she bent her thumb forward — the trigger of the gun going off. "He just shot him for no reason," she had said before she got up, a sob caught in her throat. She was referring to Officer Gahiji Tshamba, who unloaded his service weapon into an unarmed man last year after a night of off-duty club hopping in Mount Vernon, striking Tyrone Brown a dozen times.
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By Jessica Anderson and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
Baltimore County prosecutors will attempt Friday to resume the murder trial of Jeffrey Shiflett, whose courtroom outbursts caused a judge to call for additional psychiatric evaluations. The Annapolis man is accused of stabbing his former girlfriend to death. Circuit Judge Ruth Ann Jakubowski ordered evaluations by mental health professionals after Shiflett's wails, sometimes obscene and threatening, raised concern that he is no longer able to comprehend the proceedings. A court-appointed psychiatrist testified Thursday that Shiflett is not competent to stand trial.
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May 14, 2010
SALISBURY, Md. (AP) — A judge has granted an automatic change of venue to a man accused of kidnapping and killing an 11-year-old girl last year. Lawyers for 30-year-old Thomas J. Leggs Jr. of Salisbury made the request to move his trial in Wicomico County Circuit Court on Thursday. The request was automatically granted because prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty. Leggs, a registered sex offender, is charged with first-degree murder and numerous other offenses in the death of Sarah Haley Foxwell.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | July 29, 2014
Jurors are set to resume deliberations Wednesday in the case of a New Jersey police officer accused of shooting a man to death last summer on the side of a Millersville highway. Joseph Lamont Walker, 41, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 36-year-old Joseph Dale Harvey Jr. on Route 3. Walker was driving home from a birthday party for a nephew last June when his car drifted into Harvey's lane. Harvey shouted and swerved toward Walker's car, and both men pulled over.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2011
Raine Curtis reluctantly took the stand in federal court Wednesday and identified her former Baltimore boyfriend as a crack-dealing killer who carried guns and routinely wore a mask shoved back on his head like a hat — always accessible when he needed it. Federal prosecutors say Antonio "Mack" Hall, 30, pulled down that mask to cover his face on the night of Sept. 20, 2009, and shot an FBI informant twice from behind as the man ran — snapping his spine — and four more times after he fell to the ground already dead.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2011
Almost a year to the day after Baltimore police Officer Gahiji Tshamba shot to death an unarmed Marine, the state concluded its murder case against him Monday without calling several expected witnesses — including the victim's sister, who saw the confrontation. The omission shocked Tshamba's lawyers, who said they will call Chantay Kangalee themselves when they begin presenting their defense Tuesday. "I did not expect to get into my case so quickly," said defense attorney James L. Rhodes, noting that at least two other prosecution witnesses — a police investigator and an expert in law enforcement procedures — were also passed over without being called to testify.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2011
Stephen Pitcairn got off the Bolt bus in Baltimore around 11 p.m. on July 25 last year, two days shy of his 24th birthday, and called his mother in Florida as he walked home from Penn Station, traveling north on St. Paul Street. "I always feel so safe when you're on the phone with me," she remembers him saying that Sunday night. They talked about the weekend, which he spent in New York City with his two sisters, and his plans to add a Saturday shift to his busy schedule as a Johns Hopkins cancer researcher.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | October 26, 2010
The murder trial of Mark Kenneth Floyd, who's accused of stabbing two women to death last year in Northeast Baltimore, was postponed for the fifth time Tuesday because his attorney needs more time to prepare. "Your honor, there are voluminous pieces of evidence" in this case, defense attorney Lawrence Rosenberg told the judge in asking for a postponement. He said he's still waiting for some DNA results and hasn't had time to review other information prosecutors presented within the past few weeks.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2011
Two Baltimore police sergeants are prepared to testify that a colleague, Gahiji Tshamba, appeared to be "under the influence of alcohol" after he unloaded his service weapon into an unarmed Marine last year outside a Mount Vernon bar, prosecutors said in court Tuesday. Tshamba, who was off-duty at the time of the incident, is charged with murder in the shooting death of Tyrone Brown, 32, who was struck a dozen times in the chest and groin. His trial by judge — rather than jury — is set to begin Wednesday in Baltimore Circuit Court.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | October 26, 2010
The murder trial of an 81-year-old man accused of strangling his elderly wife was postponed Tuesday so attorneys could consult a Baltimore City Circuit Court judge about whether he requires a mental health evaluation to stand trial. Phillip Whiting Reid has been held without bail since his arrest in June. Police responding to a distress call said they found him choking his 83-year-old wife, Glennie Reid, in the couple's Edmondson Village home. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Friends said the Reids were married for a half century.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2014
When a New Jersey police officer goes on trial Monday in Annapolis in the killing of a Lansdowne man during a road rage incident, he won't face the first-degree murder charge alone. Joseph Lamont Walker, 41, will have a defense team that includes a high-powered New York attorney behind him, as well as a long blue line of fellow officers, police fraternal organizations and union officials. Facts of the June 2013 case are undisputed: Walker shot and killed Joseph Dale Harvey Jr. along Route 3 near Millersville after the two pulled their vehicles over following an angry exchange.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2014
Timothy Virts, accused of killing Bobbie Jo Cortez this month and abducting one of their daughters, will remain in jail pending trial, a judge ruled Tuesday. Virts, 38, waived his right to attend a bail hearing and did not appear in court. No attorney was present. The judge complied with a prosecutor's request to continue holding Virts without bail. Police say Virts stabbed 36-year-old Bobbie Jo Cortez in her house in the 3100 Ardee Way in Dundalk earlier this month and fled the area with their 11-year-old daughter Caitlyn Virts.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2013
Retired Carroll County Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr., who during his years on the bench developed a reputation for being even-keeled and fair-minded to all sides and had the distinction of presiding over the longest murder trial in the history of Maryland, died Sunday of renal failure at Carroll Hospital Center. The longtime Westminster resident was 79. "Judge Burns was a very personable individual who was completely free of any haughtiness or phoniness. He was both a very genuine person and judge," said Thomas E. Hickman, who served as Carroll County state's attorney from 1974 to 1995 and is now in private practice.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2013
Shackled in a Baltimore courtroom and facing a 110-year sentence for murder and arson, Terrence Rollins-Bey stood defiant - talking over the judge and prosecutor in a series of outbursts. "With respect to your honor, I object to everything you're saying," he said. Rollins-Bey, 25, was the second murder defendant in a week to openly challenge the authority of Baltimore Circuit Judge Emanuel Brown. Rollins-Bey and Robert G. Moore claimed in separate trials the court lacked standing to hear their cases - a move the judge described as an attempt to frustrate the proceedings.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | November 1, 2013
A Baltimore Circuit Court judge said he is considering holding city prosecutors in contempt after they arranged a secret "lunch date" between two cooperating witnesses in a high-profile murder trial, but said he would not throw out the case or grant a mistrial. Judge Emanuel Brown said he found the prosecutors' actions "contemptible" and said they "violated the process in a way that cannot be tolerated. " Brown said he would defer a decision on discipline until after trial. Defense attorneys complained that they should have been told of the meeting, which they said could be construed as a "benefit" for the witnesses and running afoul of rules instructing witnesses not to discuss testimony.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | October 18, 2013
The murder trial of a 20-year-old man accused in the stabbing death of prominent Ellicott City blogger and businessman Dennis Lane was postponed until April 2014, according to online court records. On Thursday, a Howard County Circuit Judge granted the defense's motion for postponement of the trial of Jason Anthony Bulmer, which was set for Oct. 29. Bulmer, who is represented by the office of the public defender, is now set to go to trial on April 22, 2014, according to online court records.  Bulmer, 20, faces conspiracy and first-degree murder charges in the May 10 killing of Lane, whose daughter, Morgan Lane Arnold, was Bulmer's girlfriend.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | October 19, 2010
CUMBERLAND — A Frostburg State University basketball player who was shot during an off-campus confrontation that killed one of his teammates said in court Tuesday that he went to the defendant's home that night with the intention of fighting him. In an hour of testimony that often turned tearful when he recalled the shooting of Brandon Carroll by Tyrone Hall last April, Ellis Hartridge Jr. told the jury that he, Carroll and another man drove to...
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Dan Rodricks | July 13, 2013
Drawn from an old transcript, this is how a Baltimore judge instructed a jury before its deliberations in a murder trial in 1967: "You, under our system, in criminal cases are at liberty to disagree with the court's interpretation of the law. You shall determine what the law is and then apply the law to the facts as you find them to be. " Imagine being on that jury, invited to employ your vast legal knowledge in interpreting Maryland law in a...
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 24, 2013
Cable news was mostly bad news in Day One of the Trayvon Martin trial. Why am I not shocked that once again 24/7 cable news failed to rise to a big-news occasion loaded with powerful sociological implications? MSNBC promised fabulous live coverage of the trial. But when prosecuting attorney John Guy used the F-word as the third word in his opening argument, MSNBC didn't have a delay in place. And they still didn't have one in place when he used it a second time for dramatic effect.
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