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New trial in Md. gang case

The first man convicted under Maryland's gang law has been granted a new trial.

Twenty-eight-year-old Dajuan Marshall was found last month to have killed a rival gang member in 2008. But his conviction was vacated Friday after Baltimore Circuit Judge George Russell heard testimony about juror misconduct, including an allegation that a juror looked up Marshall's criminal record on the Internet.

Russell said the state presented “overwhelming evidence” of Marshall's guilt but said he had no choice but to declare a mistrial.

Margaret Burns, a spokeswoman for the city State's Attorney's office, says the ruling was “quite a disappointment” but that prosecutors will try the case again.

Marshall had faced a maximum of life in prison for the murder conviction and another 20 years for participation in a criminal gang resulting in death.

-- The Baltimore Sun

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 13, 2010; 7:33 AM ET
Categories:  Baltimore , From the Courthouse , Gangs , Homicide  
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