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JEREMIAH EZEKIEL EDWARDS v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal law — Sufficiency of the evidence — Carrying dangerous weapon openly with intent to injure

This is a consolidated appeal from the Circuit Court for Baltimore County from Jeremiah Edwards’ convictions and denial of motion for specific performance to enforce the plea agreement. Following failed plea negotiations, Edwards elected a jury trial and was found guilty of first and second-degree assault and carrying a dangerous weapon with intent to injure. He was sentenced to eighteen years’ imprisonment for first-degree assault, and a concurrent three-year sentence for carrying a dangerous weapon with intent to injure. 1 Edwards presents the following questions for our review: 1. Whether the trial court erred in denying defense counsel’s motion for specific performance of the plea deal where the essential terms of the deal were proposed by the prosecutor, the sentence was slightly restricted by the court, and the deal was accepted by the defense? 2. Whether the trial court abused its discretion when it denied defense counsel’s motion for mistrial after Officer Sheckells told jurors that appellant’s photo array picture was a “booking photograph” and Officer Roche told them police responded to appellant’s house after he “confronted” his girlfriend? 3. Whether the evidence used to convict appellant of carrying a dangerous weapon openly with the intent to injure was legally sufficient where there was no evidence the “little pocket knife” was not a pen knife? We discuss issues one and two only as the State has …

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