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MARCUS WILLIAM TUNSTALL v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Convicted of three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence, Marcus William Tunstall appeals the denial by the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County of his petition for writ of actual innocence without a hearing.

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BRYANT McARTHUR v. STATE OF MARYLAND

The court did not abuse its discretion in finding that appellant had failed to act with due diligence to discover the alleged newly discovered evidence within one year after the imposition of his sentence. Second, the court did not abuse its discretion in ruling that McArthur failed to demonstrate, as required by statute, that the alleged newly-discovered evidence created a “substantial or significant possibility that the result [of the trial] may have been different.”

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MICHAEL IVAN WILLIAMS v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Twenty-three years after he was convicted of murder, and after other attempts at post-conviction relief had failed, Mr. Williams filed a Petition for Actual Innocence. The circuit court dismissed the petition, without a hearing, on the grounds that it failed to satisfy several procedural requirements. On appeal, Mr. Williams contends that the circuit court erred in dismissing his petition without a hearing.

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REGINALD STEPHONE TUCKER v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Appellant filed a petition for a writ of actual innocence and requested a hearing. Appellant asserted that the court improperly instructed the jury as to the mens rea required for the crime of attempted murder. The court denied appellant’s petition without a hearing. Appellant presents one issue: Whether the lower court erred by failing to grant a hearing on the merits.

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RICARDO VALDEZ VELA v. STATE OF MARYLAND

An online news article, published more than a decade after appellant's trial, was not admissible or even capable of being admitted at appellant's original trial, and therefore was not newly discovered evidence under the statute governing petitions for writ of actual innocence.

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