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ANDREW PHILLIP ZARAGOZA v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Due process — Pre-sentencing transfer hearing

On July 20, 2017, 16-year-old Andrew Zaragoza killed his mother, Donna Zaragoza. Zaragoza was charged with one count of first-degree murder and two counts of openly carrying a dangerous weapon with the intent to injure. Before trial, Zaragoza moved to transfer his case from the circuit court to the juvenile court. The circuit court denied his motion, citing Maryland Code (2001, 2018
Repl. Vol.), § 4-202(c)(2) of the Criminal Procedure Article (“CP”), which forbids a circuit court from transferring a criminal case to a juvenile court when the alleged crime is first-degree murder and the defendant was 16 or 17 years old when the alleged crime
was committed.

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