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By Melissa Harris and Melissa Harris,melissa.harris@baltsun.com | January 29, 2009
Two key witnesses in the fatal shooting of the nephew of a city judge have recanted their statements on the witness stand - leaving the prosecutor with no physical evidence and one unwavering eyewitness to the killing, the victim's best friend. Tevon Allen, 19, is on trial this week on a charge of first-degree murder in the July 2007 killing of Jordan Brown, the nephew of Baltimore District Judge Videtta A. Brown, in a case that has been a test from the start. In opening statements, prosecutor Lisa Phelps warned jurors that two witnesses might change their stories.
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By Patricia C. Jessamy | February 17, 2005
THE ESCALATING use of intimidation to silence witnesses in Baltimore City criminal cases is a significant threat to public safety. Every day in courtrooms across Maryland and throughout our nation, threats against and intimidation of witnesses put justice in jeopardy. In the late 1980s, the proliferation of a new drug of choice, crack cocaine, coaxed by a steady heroin market on Baltimore's street corners combined with an arsenal of illegal guns, created a surge in loosely knit, violent drug-trafficking organizations that used guns to dispense street justice.
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By Brent Jones | May 29, 2008
City prosecutors have dropped attempted-murder charges against a 23-year-old Baltimore man after the state's lone witness was killed two weeks ago. Marvin Lucas, 21, of the 3800 block of Belair Road was fatally shot May 14 in Southeast Baltimore in a struggle with Donielle McCoy, 20, over a handgun, court documents say. Lucas was to testify in the attempted-murder trial of Brandon R. Allen, who was accused of shooting McCoy and another man in the 300...
FEATURES
By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | July 17, 1992
If I were a rich man, I wouldn't have had to see "A Stranger Among Us." Lord, I ask You: Would it have mattered so much?You go to a mystery with cops and guns and murders, set on the mean streets of New York City, good dirty fun, but "Fiddler on the Roof" keeps breaking out. It's "Lethal Shiksa."Melanie Griffith plays a tough New York police detective who, after shooting a fleeing suspect, is sent not to jail but to Brooklyn to investigate a missing person in the close-knit, mysterious Hasidic community.
NEWS
April 26, 2007
Anne Arundel County police have found a Brooklyn Park teenager who they believe was in the passenger seat of a stolen car April 14 as a man was shot and stuffed into the trunk. Sierra Monet Anderson, 18, of the 3000 block of Third St., was found Tuesday in Baltimore. She is safe and is not facing charges, Cpl. Mark Shawkey, a county police spokesman said yesterday. "We're just treating her as a witness," he said. Her boyfriend, Antonio Moore, 20, of the 3800 block of Third St., was arrested April 19 in another stolen car, police said.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2012
A 55-year-old man operating an unauthorized cab in Baltimore witnessed a passenger's arrest, according to prosecutors, then turned down a bribe to give false testimony in the case. Months later, he was shot to death in front of the suburban home he shared with his elderly mother. City and Baltimore County prosecutors revealed the details of the 2011 killing of Ronald Givens on Thursday as they announced the murder indictments of four men, three of whom were also charged with conspiracy, witness intimidation and obstruction of justice.
NEWS
By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,sun reporter | April 29, 2008
Police conducted surveillance of his relatives. They searched 44 houses for him in a single day. And they staked out his mother's apartment in Owings Mills on holidays, hopeful that the long-missing witness to the only school shooting in Baltimore County's history might try to sneak home on Mother's Day or Thanksgiving. And yet, for three years, Ronald P. Johnson Jr. was not found -- until he identified himself during a traffic stop in Baltimore in November. Johnson, now 24, pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of obstruction of justice for failing to show up to testify at the 2004 trial in the Randallstown High School shootings case.
NEWS
By Peter Hermann | December 7, 2011
Isiah Calloway's death was reported in a single sentence back in April, a 19-year-old man "found shot inside a vehicle. " To federal authorities, though, Calloway was a potential witness in a bank fraud conspiracy. That is, until prosecutors say, his own attorney divulged sensitive information to his alleged partner. On Tuesday, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office announced the indictment of the partner and another man in Calloway's death . At the center of the allegations is the attorney, who was not charged, and who told The Sun's Justin Fenton that he did nothing wrong.
SPORTS
By Chris Korman | April 16, 2012
Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis has been subpoenaed as a defense witness in the trial of former Bengals linebacker Nate Webster, according to the Associated Press. Webster faces seven counts related to sexual conduct with the teen-aged daughter of an assistant coach in Cincinnati. He allegedly threatened the girl using guns to keep her from telling anyone; he'd apparently met her by asking her to babysit his children. The case is expected to last into next week. Webster, like Lewis, attended Miami.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2013
A judge delivered a major blow Monday to the state's case against two men accused of fatally slashing the throats of three children nine years ago, ruling that the testimony of a key witness is inadmissible. As prosecutors try for a third time next month to convict Policarpio Espinoza Perez, 31, and Adan Canela, 26, they'll have to do so without some important evidence and witnesses they used to secure a 2006 guilty verdict that was later thrown out by Maryland's top court. Circuit Judge M. Brooke Murdock told the prosecution that it may not use the statements of the woman who said in the earlier trials that she drove the men from work to the crime scene.
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