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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2013
After Baltimore police officers fatally shot a man in the Douglass Homes housing project last week, the accounts of what happened were nearly as great in number as the people who said they saw it. Police said 25-year-old Donte Bennett took out a gun before officers shot him. One resident said she saw the man's hands in the air; another said he was on his back with officers holding his wrists. Bennett's mother called for an outside review of the incident, and police say they have opened an internal investigation.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | June 24, 2010
Kareem Guest ignored the "stop snitching" credo, and authorities say his candid chatter to the FBI about drug dealers got him killed. The woman police say saw him get shot won't talk about it, and prosecutors have charged her with lying to a grand jury and want her imprisoned for 30 years. It is at first glance an all-too-familiar and tragic tale of witness intimidation and a demonstration of the collateral damage of Baltimore's epic drug war, but with a sardonic twist: The silence of one witness has thwarted efforts to make an arrest in the silencing of another.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | December 15, 2012
Friday was Avon Ball's first night off "the box," finally finished with court-ordered home monitoring and ready to hit the town. "Who with me?" he posted on Facebook. But police said he didn't make it home. He and a friend were involved in an argument early Saturday at a downtown club, and detectives believe they were followed to the intersection of Madison Avenue and West Preston Street, where they were shot multiple times. Ball, 26, died at an area hospital, and his unidentified friend was critically injured.
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By Justin Fenton and Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2010
The defense attorney vying to be the city's top prosecutor released a television ad Monday in which a former state's attorney's office employee says "people are getting away with murder and it's because Patricia Jessamy fails to convict them. " The commercial also links Jessamy's office with the deaths of seven people in a 2002 firebombing. In addition, the ad features an image of an off-duty city police spokesman speaking to defense attorney Gregg Bernstein, which could raise more questions about the link between Bernstein's campaign and the police department.
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By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2011
Taking the stand to challenge a first-degree murder charge against him, a 31-year-old used-car salesman suggested to a Baltimore County Circuit Court jury Thursday that detectives had tried to strengthen their case by erasing part of a taped interview with the defendant before his arrest in March 2010. "There's a lot of stuff missing" from the tape played in court, said the defendant, Frederick A. Christian, the only witness for the defense before both sides in his trial rested their cases.
FEATURES
Tim Wheeler | September 18, 2013
A Tilghman Island commercial fisherman has been charged with witness tampering and intimidation in a federal investigation into alleged poaching of striped bass from the Chesapeake Bay, prosecutors announced Wednesday. Michael D. Hayden, Jr., 41,was arrested Tuesday, according to a news release issued by U.S. attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. Prosecutors say agents of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Maryland Natural Resources Police learned while investigating alleged striped bass poaching that Hayden had allegedly tried to manipulate some witnesses' testimony to a grand jury while trying to prevent others from testifying at all.  The criminal complaint against Hayden also alleges he threatened to retaliate against a potential witness he believed to be cooperating with investigators.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2012
Federal prosecutors indicted drug dealer Jose Joaquin Morales for ordering the 2008 killing of Robert Long, a witness against him in a theft case, just weeks after a man originally convicted of the murder had his conviction vacated. Morales is serving a 20-year prison term after pleading guilty to federal drug charges. Another man, Demetrius Smith of Baltimore, was convicted in state court of Long's murder in 2010. Smith maintained that he was innocent, and the City Paper reported in August that a new trial was ordered and his case quietly dropped when new information emerged in a federal investigation.
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By Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, The Baltimore Sun | November 9, 2012
A Baltimore man was sentenced Friday for his role in the death of a witness in a bank fraud investigation. Frank Marfo, 28, received life in prison after being convicted of murder, gun, and fraud conspiracy charges. The victim, 19-year-old Isaiah Callaway, had been accused of working for Marfo and his partner, Tavon Davis, 25, who had concocted a scheme to hire homeless men to steal rent checks and deposit them in fake bank accounts, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Callaway was arrested by Baltimore County Police opening one of the bank accounts and was later killed on Davis' orders, fearing Callaway would cooperate with the police, officials said.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2012
A key witness in the case against Travers and Tremayne Johnson, who are accused of burning a pit bull puppy named Phoenix, abruptly refused to testify Tuesday, causing a judge to sentence her to six months in jail. Tiera Goodman, 25, of the 800 block of Braddish Ave. witnessed Phoenix as she was fatally burned in 2009 and testified during the first trial that she saw the 20-year-old Johnson twins running from the scene. The case is being retried after the previous trial ended in a hung jury.
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By Peter Hermann | April 3, 2012
From Luke Broadwater: A key witness in the case against Travers and Tremayne Johnson, who are accused of burning a pit bull puppy named Phoenix, abruptly refused to testify Tuesday, causing a judge to sentence her to six months in jail. Tiera Goodman, 25, of the 800 block of Braddish Ave., witnessed Phoenix as she was fatally burned in 2009, and testified during the first trial, which ended in a hung jury, that she saw the 20-year-old Johnson twins running from the scene. But Goodman, who is incarcerated on unrelated charges and initially identified the Johnsons to receive a $1,000 reward, charged her attitude from helpful to obstinate Tuesday.
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