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RICARDO VALDEZ VELA v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Convicted of first-degree murder for shooting and killing Shaun Davis, Ricardo Valdez Vela appeals from the hearingless denial of his petition for writ of actual innocence by the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, contending that, contrary to what the circuit court held, his petition did, in fact, allege newly discovered evidence showing that he was wrongly identified as the shooter. We disagree and hold that Vela’s newly discovered evidence—an online news article published in May 2010—was not admissible or even capable of being admitted at his original trial, and therefore was not newly discovered evidence under the statute governing petitions for writ of actual innocence. Accordingly, we affirm the decision of the circuit court to deny Vela’s petition without a hearing.

Read the unreported opinion.