Conviction In '05 Fatal Shooting Overturned; Appellate Judges Also Reverse Murder Verdict in Stabbing
Post, 24 Nov 2006 (Castaneda).
A Maryland appellate court has overturned the murder conviction of a former star Howard University medical student who was found guilty in Prince George's County of fatally shooting her ex-boyfriend.
A three-judge panel of the Court of Special Appeals ruled 2 to 1 Monday that Circuit Court Judge Richard H. Sothoron Jr. should have allowed the defense to introduce into evidence seven handwritten letters and an e-mail from the former boyfriend to the defendant, Abere Karibi-Ikiriko, who is 28 now.
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In another case Monday, a three-judge panel of the Court of Special Appeals threw out the second-degree murder conviction of a man who was found guilty by a Prince George's jury of stabbing a man during a fracas at a Temple Hills nightclub.
The reversal could mean that Antjuan Riddick, who was sentenced to 30 years in prison, would get another trial. As with the Karibi-Ikiriko case, Ivey said he asked the attorney general to appeal the reversal to the Court of Appeals.
Riddick was convicted of fatally stabbing Daniel McDowell during a fight at 2 a.m. June 23, 2004, at the Legends nightclub.
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