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Former WYPR editor found not guilty in son’s stabbing

Former WYPR managing editor Sunni Khalid was acquitted Wednesday of charges he attacked his adult son on Halloween night in 2013.

A Harford County Circuit Court jury found Khalid not guilty of first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment following several hours of deliberation at the end of a three-day trial, according to Ty Kelly, one of Khalid’s lawyers.

Prosecutors claimed Khalid, 56, stabbed his son during a physical altercation. Khalid’s son testified his father “escalated” an argument they were having because he locked the keys inside his father’s car, according to Kelly, of Biran Kelly LLC in Baltimore.

The defense argued the elder Khalid was acting in self defense, Kelly said. The lawyers attacked the younger Khalid’s credibility, noting he said in a written statement the night of the attacks that he tackled his father but testified his father tackled him. The son also denied an earlier statement that he had his father in a headlock.

The defense also questioned why police did not interview two of the younger Khalid’s friends who were in the house at the time of the incident.

“The police took [Khalid’s son] at his word,” Kelly said, who tried the case along with Columbia solo practitioner Clark F. Ahlers.

Khalid, who also previously worked at The Baltimore Sun and National Public Radio, now lives in Oakland, California, and does work for KGO-AM in the Bay Area, according to Kelly.

“He’s been waiting to put this behind him,” she said.

Khalid, in an interview Thursday, thanked his lawyers and his friends and family “for keeping me in their prayers.”

“That an African American Muslim can be found not guilty by an all-white jury in one of the more-conservative counties says a lot about our criminal justice system,” he said.

Khalid said his story has remained consistent throughout the proceedings because “the truth does not change” but added it did not make him happy to see his son’s testimony.

“I love my children and hope we can reconcile,” he said.


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  1. Alamdulillah!!!