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Baker v. State
Citation:35 Md.App 593 (1977)
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The appellant, Teretha McNeil Baker, was convicted by a Baltimore City jury of both murder in the first degree and robbery. The ultimate source of the evidence implicating the appellant was the robbery and murder victim himself, Gaither Martin, a now-dead declarant who spoke to the jury through the hearsay conduit of Officer Bolton. When Officer Bolton arrived at the crime scene, the victim told him that he had “picked these three ladies up at the New Deal Bar”; that when he took them to their destination, a man walked up to the car and pulled him out; that “the other three got out and proceeded to kick him and beat him” At trial, to stimulate the present memory of Officer Bolton, appellant’s counsel sought to use the report to refresh the recollection of the officer and that he consistently and effectively thwarted in that attempt.
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