Jury to de­cide fate of teen charged in girl’s killing

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND NATION -

Pros­e­cu­tors told ju­rors Tues­day that a 15-year-old boy charged in the mur­der of a teenage girl in North­east Bal­ti­more last year was just as cul­pa­ble as the two men who di­rected the plot and car­ried out the killing. “We don’t con­tend that, with his own bare hands, Rae­shawn Rivers killed Ar­ne­sha Bow­ers,” As­sis­tant State’s At­tor­ney Sharon Hol­back said in clos­ing ar­gu­ments. “We do con­tend that be­cause of ev­ery­thing he did … he is equally re­spon­si­ble.” Rivers’ de­fense at­tor­ney, Roya Hanna, coun­tered that Rivers was “help­less” to in­ter­vene. “Mr. Rivers was 14. [Co- de­fen­dant] Adonay [Dixon] was 24,” Hanna said. “What was he to do? He was com­pletely and ut­terly help­less.” Ju­rors will be­gin de­lib­er­at­ing Mon­day, af­ter be­ing given a break for the Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day. They will have to re­view com­pli­cated jury in­struc­tions deal­ing with the cul­pa­bil­ity of ac­com­plices and what con­sti­tutes act­ing un­der duress. Cir­cuit Judge Lawrence Fletcher-Hill dis­missed rape and kid­nap­ping charges against Rivers. Charges in­clud­ing first- de­gree mur­der, con­spir­acy to com­mit mur­der, ar­son, rob­bery, false im­pris­on­ment and re­lated counts re­main. Pros­e­cu­tors say Rivers was a will­ing par­tic­i­pant in a plot to bur­glar­ize Bow­ers’ grand­mother’s home that went awry when the girl dis­cov­ered the crime in progress. Dixon and co-de­fen­dant John Childs have pleaded guilty in the case.

An­napo­lis ‘snake house’ case is set­tled

A set­tle­ment has been reached in the An­napo­lis “snake house” civil case. Bar­bara John­son Palmer, an at­tor­ney for real es­tate agent Bar­bara Van Horn, con­firmed Tues­day a con­fi­den­tial set­tle­ment had been reached. Jef­frey and Jody Brooks filed a $2 mil­lion law­suit against Van Horn in May 2015, al­leg­ing the real es­tate agent had with­held her knowl­edge about an in­fes­ta­tion of snakes in­side the Broad­neck Penin­sula rancher. Van Horn, a Real­tor for An­napo­lis-based Cham­pion Realty, had de­nied through her at­tor­neys hav­ing any prior knowl­edge of the snakes.

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