City Prosecutors Win ‘Gang’ Conviction, Again

… After mistrial, prosecutors convict man of murder, gang participation …

By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

7:22 PM EDT, October 25, 2011

City prosecutors have for the second time won the first conviction under the state’s gang statute.

Dajuan Marshall, 29, was convicted in August 2010 of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and participation in a criminal gang – a statute enacted in Maryland in 2007 – in the 2008 killing of Kenneth “Cash” Jones, a leader in the Pasadena Denver Lanes Blood set abducted near The Block and later found dead in the trunk of a car.

But that conviction was overturned due to juror misconduct, after a juror did an Internet search for Marshall’s prior criminal record. Circuit Court Judge L. George Russell III said the evidence was overwhelming against Marshall, but said he had no option but to declare a mistrial.

Prosecutors gave it another try this month, and once again convicted Marshall, this time of conspiracy to commit murder and participation in a gang.

Witnesses identified Marshall, a leader in the Spyda Bloods set, as the person who ordered Jones’ murder and one of two men who forced Jones into the trunk.

Marshall will be sentenced on Dec. 20 and faces a maximum sentence of life plus 20 years in prison.

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