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Criminal procedure — Jury instruction — Flight

On the evening of February 24, 2019, an armed man, Kenny Truxon, entered the Baltimore City house where Ronald Stevens, Brady Latham, and others were living. A struggle ensued, and Mr. Truxon was beaten and stabbed to death. Mr. Stevens buried Mr. Truxon in a nearby wooded area and hid incriminating evidence. The next day, Mr. Stevens and Ms. Latham made statements to the Baltimore City Police Department about their involvement in Mr. Truxon’s death.

After a joint trial in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, the jury found Mr. Stevens and Ms. Latham guilty of voluntary manslaughter and openly wearing and carrying a dangerous weapon with the intent and purpose of injuring an individual in an unlawful manner. The jury also found Mr. Stevens guilty of the improper disposal of a body.

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