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Friday, November 10, 2006

Gory Prince George's: Murder Cases Dismissed - washingtonpost.com

Two Pr. George's Murder Cases Dismissed; Prosecution Problems Have Caused Charges to Be Voided for at Least 4 Since May
Post, 10 Nov 2006 (Castaneda).
Twice in the past week, Prince George's County judges have dismissed murder charges against defendants because of what they considered flaws in the prosecution -- the latest in a series of murder cases in recent months that have fallen apart before reaching county jurors.

Including the two most recent, at least four murder defendants in seven months have had charges dismissed by Prince George's judges or dropped by county prosecutors because of problems with state witnesses or evidence.

In this week's cases, one judge said the state failed to provide enough evidence, and another ruled that the state had failed to prove the chain of custody of the victim's body.


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