Court upholds man's murder conviction
The Maryland Court of Special Appeals has affirmed the murder conviction and life-plus-10-years in prison sentence of Michael Dwayne Williams, who was sentenced in January for the shooting death of a Hagerstown man.
In his appeal filed on Jan. 4, Williams raised issues about criminal procedures, jury selection, closing arguments and sentencing which he felt merited reversal of the Washington County Circuit Court jury's decision and Judge Kennedy Boone's sentence.
The court disagreed, according to the 31-page opinion of the state's second highest court in Annapolis.
According to that opinion, Williams asked the court to reverse his conviction because only one black person was in the entire jury pool the day his jury was chosen.
The court ruled there must be proof that race was used as a criteria for striking a juror and not just assumed.