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Friday, November 24, 2006

Gory Prince George's: Pro-criminal courts toss two more murder convictions

That makes at least four Prince George's County murder convictions overturned this month. As usual, the Post did not identify the judges making the rulings.

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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