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STATE OF MARYLAND v. DESHAWN WATKINS, et al.

Criminal procedure — Termination of prosecution — Good faith

In 2017, appellees, Diante Brewer, Carlos Greene, Mandel Greene, and Deshawn Watkins, were indicted in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County for the murder of Douglas Brooks. For various reasons, each case was continued multiple times and on the final trial date for each respective appellee, the State entered a nolle prosequi as to all charges. On June 11, 2019, appellees were again indicted for the murder of Brooks. In the second set of cases, the four original co-defendants as well as an additional defendant, Kevin Baldwin, were identified as co-conspirators. Appellees, respectively, filed motions to dismiss the charges and following a joint hearing where appellees argued for dismissal of their charges, the circuit court granted the motions and dismissed all charges with prejudice. These timely appeals followed.

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