Some defendants cut from Maryland prison bus death case

Two former Maryland correctional officials have been dropped from a civil case stemming from an inmate’s murder aboard a prison bus.

A Baltimore Circuit Court judge ruled Wednesday in favor of former Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Mary Ann Saar and former Division of Correction Commissioner Frank Sizer.

A trial continues on allegations by Philip Parker Jr.’s parents that five officers aboard the bus were negligent in failing to prevent Parker’s murder by another Supermax inmate as they traveled from Hagerstown to Baltimore in 2005.

The state contends the officers weren’t negligent because they had no way of knowing Parker was in danger.

Kevin Johns was convicted in 2008 of strangling Parker but found not criminally responsible due to mental illness. He killed himself in prison in 2009.

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