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GARY WARD, JR. v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Writ of actual innocence — Possibility of different outcome

Appellant Gary Ward filed a Petition for Writ of Actual Innocence in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, claiming that because of the Court of Appeals’s holding in Clemons v. State, 393 Md. 339 (2006), that Composite Bullet Lead Analysis (CBLA) evidence is inadmissible at trial, the studies debunking CBLA as unscientific are newly discovered evidence entitling him to a new trial. The circuit court denied his petition. Appellant presents one question for our review:

Did the lower court err in finding that the newly discovered evidence did not create a significant or substantial possibility of a different outcome?

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