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By Julie Bykowicz | July 11, 2007
The first-degree murder trial of Patrick Byers was postponed yesterday, as police investigate a possible link between that city case and the shooting death of its main witness last week in Rosedale. Byers, 22, is accused in the March 2006 shooting death of Larry Haynes, 30, in East Baltimore. He has been held without bail. Carl Stanley Lackl, 38, witnessed the Haynes shooting and was prepared to testify, city prosecutors said. He was killed July 2 in a drive-by shooting in front of his home in the 8000 block of Philadelphia Road, Baltimore County police said.
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By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,liz.kay@baltsun.com | March 27, 2009
A new bill may make more federal money available to protect witnesses in state and local cases around the country, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings said Thursday morning. He made the announcement in Baltimore, where witness intimidation has been a persistent problem. This week, a federal jury is hearing testimony about the murder of Carl Stanley Lackl, who was killed before he testified in a homicide case. Retaliation against witnesses has escalated to the point where "it basically can destroy your criminal justice system," Cummings said.
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By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,Sun reporter | August 11, 2007
Threatened by the defendant in a Baltimore murder case, authorities said, the female witness fled to New Jersey and then spent seven months in jail after prosecutors found her. Two other witnesses changed their stories when they testified. Even so, a city jury convicted Kenneth Mahai yesterday of first-degree murder. Police said Mahai, 28, fatally stabbed Jermaine Morrison, 24, in a dispute over drug territory. The crime took place Oct. 25, 2005, near Holabird Industrial Park Assistant State's Attorney Wesley Adams said that while in jail, Mahai called witness Sharon Mosley and told her she had better not come to court and that he did not make exceptions for women and children.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,andrea.siegel@baltsun.com | October 17, 2009
A married Charles County man charged with trying to kill his pregnant girlfriend in a murder conspiracy was jailed Friday, after Anne Arundel County prosecutors told a judge that he had intimidated a witness who was also a girlfriend of his. Charles Brandon Martin, 32, told the other girlfriend to change her testimony to say that she had kept "a drill for him, not a gun," according to prosecutors' emergency request to jail Martin, filed Thursday....
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,tricia.bishop@baltsun.com | March 24, 2009
While on trial for ordering the killing of a witness in a separate murder case, Patrick Byers Jr. again used a contraband cell phone to silence a witness from jail, prosecutors alleged Monday, adding that this time he intimidated a man into recanting his testimony. The disclosure, which came minutes after the jury was selected for Byers' trial in the killing of Carl Lackl in 2007, suggests a security breach despite extraordinary measures to ensure juror and witness safety. Spectators must show identification to view the trial, and the identity of the jurors is being kept secret.
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By JENNIFER MCMENAMIN | October 19, 2005
A 23-year-old Gwynn Oak woman pleaded guilty yesterday to attempting to intimidate a 14-year-old witness in her brother's murder trial. Entering an Alford plea, Nikole Keona Young did not admit wrongdoing but acknowledged that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict her of going to the home of a girl who had seen Andre Michael Young fatally shoot an acquaintance Oct. 28. Nikole Young told the girl that her brother's friends would intimidate her...
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By Paul Moore | February 6, 2005
WHEN homegrown NBA star Carmelo Anthony briefly appeared in a locally produced DVD called Stop Snitching last year, Baltimore's longtime problem with the intimidation of witnesses received national attention. The rap-style documentary, which looked like outtakes from an episode of The Wire, delivered a chilling message: Witnesses to crime who cooperate with police and testify in court face violent retaliation. Articles in The Sun focused largely on Anthony - who has denied any culpability and has disavowed the DVD's message - and on the dramatization of what Baltimore prosecutors say permeates almost all of its murder and nonfatal shooting cases.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | April 1, 1998
Pennsylvania state police are seeking help in locating a witness to a traffic accident in York County, Pa., Sunday in which a Baltimore County man was killed.Pennsylvania Trooper Gerald Devlin was heading west on Route 851 in Codorus Township, pursuing a vehicle without an inspection sticker about 5 p.m. Sunday, when he crossed into the eastbound lane and hit a motorcyclist, said Cpl. Ralph Striebig of the York barracks.The cyclist, Kenneth Saunders Fowler, 39, of Monkton, was pronounced dead at the scene, he said.
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By Gregory P. Kane and Gregory P. Kane,Sun Staff Writer | March 29, 1995
The man who police believe saw Angelia K. Hamilton's killer running from the scene moments after her slaying still has not come forward to tell what he knows, county police say.The investigation into Ms. Hamilton's homicide would be "a lot further along than it has been" if the witness had given a statement, Detective Dean D'Camera, the lead investigator on the case, said yesterday."
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer | July 25, 1994
Lawyers for a man accused of robbing a Westminster pizza deliveryman in August have asked that charges against him be dropped because the prosecution has twice been unable to produce their key witness at trial.It's been almost a year since Christopher Bell was robbed of $150 at gunpoint.Even though Carroll County prosecutors have arrested a man and charged him in the crime, they have been unable to bring him to trial -- because their key witness keeps failing to show up.Twice juries have almost been selected and judges have had to send them home because the state was unable to present its case.
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