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By Caitlin Francke and Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF | June 7, 2000
A 19-year-old honors student convicted of strangling his girlfriend and burying her in a shallow grave because she broke up with him was sentenced in Baltimore Circuit Court yesterday to spend the rest of his life behind bars. Adnan Masud Syed maintained his innocence at his sentencing on first-degree murder and kidnapping convictions, even as his attorney asked Judge Wanda K. Heard for mercy when punishing Syed because the killing was "a crime of passion." "He made a bad decision," Syed's attorney, Charles H. Dorsey III, told Heard.
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By Tim Swift and Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2014
A Windsor Mill man and woman have been charged with robbing and killing a New York man and leaving his body on the side of a road in Carroll County Saturday night, State Police said. A witness told police he saw a man lying in the road at about 11 p.m. as two others stood nearby on Route 32 near Finksburg. When the witness approached the pair, they fled into a white vehicle and drove away, police said. The victim, 23-year-old Luis J. Pol, had several gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | December 23, 2013
Three men convicted in a Baltimore murder are seeking a new trial after a prosecutor made an issue of a white witness' living in a predominantly black neighborhood - a comment that the judge in the case said "smacks of racism. " In closing arguments this month, Assistant State's Attorney Theresa M. Shaffer asked the jury to carefully consider the words of a witness who testified that the victim of a West Baltimore killing might have been armed. "He don't want to be involved," she said.
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By Carrie Wells and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2014
A man was shot in the back and injured in a shooting in Glen Burnie Thursday morning, Anne Arundel County police said. The 28-year-old victim was found shot in the lower back in the 7500 block of Harlow Drive around 4:40 a.m. and was taken to a hospital, police said. He is expected to survive. A witness told police that the victim went outside the apartment complex after getting a phone call and spoke to a group of six to 10 male suspects. The witness then heard shots and saw the victim run to the back of the building and go into his apartment through a rear sliding door.
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By Jessica Anderson and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
Baltimore County police continue to search for the second suspect in a double killing in Rosedale last month. Charles William Mitter, 39, and Tyray Avia Wise, 26, were stabbed more than 70 times in a dispute over $25,000, investigators wrote in court documents. Mitter also was shot several times. Police charged Carlos Lomax, 45, a few days after the killings. But police said Lomax, who is Mitter's stepbrother, had an accomplice. The second suspect is described only as a black man, 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-8, wearing a black jumpsuit with white socks, according to charging documents filed in District Court.
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February 28, 2010
Federal prosecutors have identified the alleged mastermind of the killing of a witness in a Frederick drug case. In a court filing Friday, prosecutors said Steven Leroy Stone, 25, ordered the killing. They are asking a federal judge in Baltimore to sentence him to at least 25 years in prison Monday. Stone is the fourth of five defendants to be convicted in the death in July 2005 of David Wayne Lee Jr. Lee had been ordered to testify against Stone and others in a drug and weapons investigation.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
An Annapolis woman has been charged with witness intimidation related to an attempted murder case involving the mayor's cousin. Stacie E. Roberts, 33, was charged Tuesday with threatening to harm a witness, soliciting someone to harm a witness and obstructing justice, according to charging documents. Anne Arundel Police said in charging documents that a confidential informant was contacted by Roberts, who wanted to harm a witness in the case against Savvas Pantelides. Roberts is Pantelides' girlfriend, police said.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | September 15, 2011
A northern Harford County man pleaded guilty late last week to witness tampering and other charges related to thefts of copper from a home and wire from a construction site. Harford County State's Attorney Joseph Cassilly announced the Sept. 9 guilty plea of Aubrey Gerald Pritt, 39, of Street, who was charged with trying to influence a state's witness and related burglary and theft charges. Pritt received prison terms totaling more than a dozen years for the three convictions. According to a news release from Cassilly, Pritt was charged with burglary for entering a vacant home in Darlington and removing the copper piping and wiring.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2013
In a pivotal day of testimony in the Phylicia Barnes murder trial, a 36-year-old petty criminal the defense has dismissed as a "jailhouse snitch" took the stand as one of the prosecution's key witnesses. James McCray, currently locked up in Charles County on a theft conviction, began his testimony by saying his name was actually Jason Lee and that he had drifted to Baltimore six years ago from New York and run an under-the-table business helping unqualified drivers get tags and titles.
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July 14, 2004
TASHIERA PETERSON spent the afternoon of her birthday in a Baltimore courtroom, perched on a chair too big for her, recounting an event too horrible to imagine - the murder of her father. She arrived in court despite an alleged plot to silence her, an 11-year-old girl. The 19-year-old man on trial in the shooting death of Russell Peterson is accused of ordering a hit on Tashiera and her mother to keep them from testifying. But this girl with the braided hair bravely walked into court last Friday, looking like the prospective fifth-grader that she is. Her white-cropped pants, spiffy white sneakers and crocheted poncho of pink, mauve and white stripes stood out against the mahogany hues of the courtroom.
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By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
A Baltimore judge this week ruled to allow city prosecutors to withhold identifying witness information from defendants in the sweeping case against alleged members of the Black Guerrilla Family gang. Judge Sylvester B. Cox on Tuesday granted a protective order, requested by the state's attorney's office, on any materials that could expose witnesses to harm or intimidation, after hearing a detective describe the fears witnesses had about cooperating with the investigation. Forty-eight suspects accused of being members of the BGF gang, which operated a violent, widespread drug trade in the city and corrupted the Baltimore City Detention Center, were indicted last November.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2014
Mike Soukup was driving southbound on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway on Monday afternoon when he saw a stream of brake lights and then a pillar of smoke. He then saw a pickup truck sideways on its passenger side. One person had been ejected from the vehicle, he said, and another was pinned underneath the truck. He noticed a pool of gasoline forming on the pavement. Soukup, 55, pulled over where he saw a man waving at him in the middle of the highway to come help. He began helping the man try to push the truck back on its wheels.
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By Jessica Anderson and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
Baltimore County police continue to search for the second suspect in a double killing in Rosedale last month. Charles William Mitter, 39, and Tyray Avia Wise, 26, were stabbed more than 70 times in a dispute over $25,000, investigators wrote in court documents. Mitter also was shot several times. Police charged Carlos Lomax, 45, a few days after the killings. But police said Lomax, who is Mitter's stepbrother, had an accomplice. The second suspect is described only as a black man, 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-8, wearing a black jumpsuit with white socks, according to charging documents filed in District Court.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2014
Baltimore police charged the roommate of a man who was beaten and set on fire in connection with the grisly murder earlier this week. Police and firefighters found the body of Nathaniel Quarterman, 54, on fire in an alley behind the 4200 block of Shamrock Ave. around 2 a.m. Friday morning. A trail of blood led from Quarterman's body to underneath a balcony on one of the homes in the block. It was not clear if Quarterman jumped or was thrown from the balcony, but police later found blood on the balcony and inside Quarterman's bedroom.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2014
A lot can happen in the first three years of a restaurant's life. Things can go haywire. Investors panic, managers quit and staff moves on. But sometimes, not often enough, wisdom prevails. The restaurant considers what works, what doesn't. It reacts, but doesn't overreact, to diners' responses, and it changes things, thoughtfully, gradually, confidently. If you believe in the capacity for change, head down to Wit & Wisdom, the principal restaurant at the Four Seasons Baltimore Hotel.
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Susan Reimer | June 30, 2014
Every summer about this time, I spend a couple of days touring private gardens. And I get paid to do it. I am one of the judges of The Sun's annual Garden Contest, and it might be the best part of my job. We receive between 30 and 60 entries each year, and the other judges and I whittle the list down to between 10 and 20. We schedule the visits, load up my car with icy, cold bottled water and off we go, covering hundreds of miles over two or...
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By Arthur J. Magida | May 30, 2004
A MONTH AGO, a large mistake by small-minded people did us all a giant favor. When Sinclair Broadcast Group refused to broadcast Ted Koppel reading the names of 700-plus Americans killed in Iraq, we received a quickie lesson in the political implications of memory: how a fairly neutral act - noting the names of the fallen, one by one - can, stupidly, be perceived as overtly political. Yes, this is an election year, and we're surrounded by slogans and the bending of truth. But names are names and the fallen are the fallen, and shame upon those who tamper with the dignity and the honor of those serving, and dying, for the nation.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2013
Lawyers for the man convicted of killing Phylicia Barnes are again seeking to undermine the credibility of a small-time criminal who provided key state testimony in his trial, citing a letter from Montgomery County prosecutors detailing James McCray's removal as a witness in a separate murder case. The information, sent to Baltimore prosecutors on the day after Michael Maurice Johnson was found guilty of killing the visiting North Carolina teen, contains statements that the defense says shows McCray - whom they described at trial as a "jailhouse snitch" - is not reliable.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2014
A Baltimore police officer slit the throat of a dog officers had under control and now faces felony animal cruelty charges, the department said Wednesday. Police Deputy Commissioner Dean Palmere called the killing "outrageous and unacceptable" and said internal affairs is investigating the incident, which took place Saturday morning in Brewers Hill. Baltimore City Councilman Robert W. Curran, council liaison to the Mayor's Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Commission, said there was no reason to have killed the dog if it was restrained with a dog-control pole, as police say it was. "It's pretty astounding that our public safety officers would ever have done this," Curran said.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
An Annapolis woman has been charged with witness intimidation related to an attempted murder case involving the mayor's cousin. Stacie E. Roberts, 33, was charged Tuesday with threatening to harm a witness, soliciting someone to harm a witness and obstructing justice, according to charging documents. Anne Arundel Police said in charging documents that a confidential informant was contacted by Roberts, who wanted to harm a witness in the case against Savvas Pantelides. Roberts is Pantelides' girlfriend, police said.
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