Pile of ev­i­dence de­lays tri­als in of­fi­cer’s death

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - MARYLAND - — Jes­sica An­der­son

Al­most nine months af­ter Bal­ti­more County Po­lice of­fi­cer Amy Caprio was struck and killed by a flee­ing ve­hi­cle, at­tor­neys con­tinue to comb through a moun­tain of ev­i­dence col­lected in the case of four young men charged in her death.

In­cluded in the ev­i­dence are more than 50 CDs con­tain­ing videos, more than 5,000 pages of dis­cov­ery and four flash drives that in­clude 248 po­lice body-worn cam­era videos, with some of them as long as two hours.

The vast amount of ev­i­dence has caused de­lays in try­ing the four teens.

“De­fen­dant’s coun­sel is re­quest­ing the mo­tions date be moved to a new date to al­low for more time to re­view dis­cov­ery and de­ter­mine which if any mo­tions are needed,” reads a Novem­ber re­quest for a hear­ing post­pone­ment from at­tor­ney Der­rick G. Ham­lin, who is rep­re­sent­ing Eu­gene Ge­nius IV, now 18.

The mo­tion was granted.

Ge­nius, Dar­rell Ward, 17, and Der­rick E. Matthews, 17, were bur­glar­iz­ing a home on a Perry Hall cul-de-sac on May 21 while Dawnta Har­ris, 17, was sit­ting in a black Jeep that the teens drove to the neigh­bor­hood, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. Caprio re­sponded to the neigh­bor­hood and con­fronted Har­ris, who po­lice said then struck her with the Jeep, which the teens had stolen ear­lier in the day. Caprio died at a hospi­tal a short time later.

All four teenagers were charged as adults with first-de­gree mur­der and other counts, and all are be­ing held un­til trial. State law al­lows au­thor­i­ties to file mur­der charges against co-de­fen­dants in a crime in which some­one is killed.

Both Ge­nius and Dar­rell Ward were sched­uled to go to trial this month. A mo­tions hear­ing is now sched­uled for June 3, and tri­als are set for Sept. 16.

Bal­ti­more County Cir­cuit Judge Jan Mar­shall Alexan­der de­nied a re­quest in Novem­ber by the pub­lic de­fender’s of­fice to trans­fer Ward’s case to ju­ve­nile court.

Matthews has a mo­tions hear­ing sched­uled on Feb. 27, and is sched­uled to go to trail on March 11. Har­ris is sched­uled for court on April 22.

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