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Photo ID allowed as evidence in local man's shooting case

August 18, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

pepperb@herald-mail.com

The identification of a shooting suspect through a photograph array will be allowed into evidence at trial, a Washington County Circuit Judge ruled Tuesday.

Jamal Lawson, 27, whose last known address was 310 N. Cannon Ave. in Hagerstown, is charged with wounding a man in the shoulder in a Feb. 13 shooting outside New Vision Sports Lounge in the 300 block of North Jonathan Street.

Lawson is charged with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault and several related charges.

At an evidence suppression hearing Tuesday, one of Lawson's attorneys, Assistant Public Defender Eric Reed, said the victim, Jemel Sequan Crumes, told Hagerstown Police Department detectives that "he was only 85 percent sure" about his identification of Lawson as his assailant. He said Crumes spent "15 minutes viewing the array."

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Reed said "He says 'I'm 85 percent sure' and that is not that certain."

Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone said he didn't think the defense argument was legitimate and denied Reed's motion to suppress the evidence.

Holding up the color copy of the photo array, Boone said, "If this isn't a fair array, I don't know what is."

"I guess the ideal situation is you show them the pictures and they say 'that's it,'" he said.

"What I've heard today is a jury argument," he said. "It may be weak, it may be lacking, but that's why there's 12 people sitting in that box."

Lawson also goes by the aliases of "Blast," Tyrone Parker and Jaquan James, but he was charged as Lawson, according to court records.

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