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Decision on Morris' fate expected today

January 28, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

Convicted murderer Brandon T. Morris should learn his fate today at 9:30 a.m.

Morris was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder for the January 2006 shooting death of Roxbury Correctional Institution officer Jeffery A. Wroten.

Morris could be sentenced to death or to life in prison.

Judge Joseph Manck, a retired Anne Arundel jurist, presided over Morris' trial, which was moved to Howard County Circuit Court. The defense had requested a change of venue, a defendant's right in a Maryland capital case.

The defense on Tuesday said Morris wanted Manck, not the jury that convicted him, to decide his fate.

Prosecutors Tuesday presented evidence and arguments in favor of a death sentence.

The defense team Wednesday presented several witnesses who discussed Morris' childhood in crime-ridden Baltimore neighborhoods.

Manck is expected to announce his decision today at 9:30 a.m. in Howard County Circuit Court.

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