Appellate court upholds conviction of former Prince George's County police officer
A Maryland appeals court upheld the conviction of a former Prince George's County police officer who fatally shot one furniture deliveryman and wounded another in 2007.
Keith A. Washington, 48, also a former high-ranking county homeland security official, was convicted in 2008 of involuntary manslaughter and other offenses and sentenced to 45 years in prison. A jury found that he fatally shot Brandon D. Clark, 22, and wounded Clark's cousin, Robert White, who is now 39.
The two men were delivering bed rails to Washington's Accokeek home in January 2007. Washington, who was a county police corporal at the time, opened fire.
White testified in court that Washington became angry and began shooting. Washington told jurors that Clark and White -- both of whom were much larger than he -- began beating him after they exchanged harsh words. Washington said he feared for his life and shot the men in self-defense.
In his appeal, Washington argued that the jury should have heard more evidence of White's criminal history, which included convictions for assault and aiming a firearm. That history, he argued, showed that White was violent and a threat.
In a 73-page opinion, the Court of Special Appeals found that Washington didn't properly raise that issue at trial.
The court also rejected several other arguments.
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