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JOHN DAVID MUELLER v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Jury instruction — Knowledge

On the evening of August 1, 2018, Christian Guerreiro and Ryan Eades were driving a red 1991 Mazda Miata over the Woodrow Wilson Bridge on their way from Virginia to Maryland. The car began overheating, and they were forced to pull to the side of the bridge on the northbound outer loop of I-495 near National Harbor. Shortly after they pulled over, a Nissan Pathfinder collided with the Miata. The collision killed Guerreiro and left Eades seriously injured.

Approximately one hour after the first 911 call, a Maryland State Police (“MSP”) officer encountered John David Mueller, Jr. on a footpath near the crash. Mr. Mueller ran from the officer but was apprehended. It was later discovered that Mr. Mueller’s address matched the address on the registration for the Pathfinder. Mr. Mueller was taken into custody.

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