Former Pr. George's Officer Denied New Trial

Keith Washington claims he fired in self-defense

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    Keith Washington

    The former Prince George's County police officer convicted in the shooting death of a Marlo furniture delivery man will not get a new trial.

    Keith Washington, who was also a county homeland security official, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and first-degree assault in the 2007 shooting death of Brandon Clark. A second delivery man, Robert White, was wounded during the incident at Washington's Accokeek home.

    Washington claimed the men attacked him first, and he fired in self-defense. He requested a new trial on the basis that his original attorney did not represent him appropriately.

    Washington's new lawyer argued there were 23 errors in his trial and that his former defense attorneys failed to call witnesses who would have supported Washington’s claim that he acted in self-defense.

    He was sentenced to 45 years in prison.

    While Washington's request for a new trial was denied, he can still ask for a three-judge panel to review his sentence. The panel would have the option of increasing, decreasing or leaving his sentence the same.
     

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