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CORY WILLIAMS v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Jury instruction — Flight or concealment of evidence

Appellant, Cory Williams (“Williams”), argues that the Circuit Court for Baltimore City erred in admitting certain pieces of demonstrative evidence and providing an improper instruction to the jury. Williams was tried for the 9 February 2017 shooting and murder of Deonte Bluefort (“Bluefort”). During the trial, the judge admitted into evidence surveillance footage from a store near where the murder was committed, as well as body camera footage of a police officer’s attempt to resuscitate the gun-shot Bluefort prior to his demise. At the close of trial, the judge instructed the jury, among other things, on “flight or concealment of evidence.” The jury acquitted Williams of murder in the first degree and conspiracy to commit murder, but convicted him of murder in the second degree, use of a handgun in a crime of violence, and conspiracy to use a handgun in a crime of violence. This timely appeal followed. We shall …

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