Man Convicted of Manslaughter in Death of Officer Over Parking Space

… Sian James acquitted on all other charges …

By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

5:14 PM EDT, April 11, 2011

A 26-year-old Canton man was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of an off-duty city police officer who was hit in the head with a piece of concrete during a dispute over a parking space.

The defendant, Sian James, was acquitted of all other charges by a city jury Monday afternoon.

Jurors in the case faced two widely differing accounts of what happened in the deadly dispute over a Canton parking spot.

The defense claimed Brian Stevenson, an 18-year veteran of the police force, and his friend Kitrick Stewart openly threatened a group of twenty-somethings with a shooting.

Prosecutors said 26-year-old Sian James singlehandedly ratcheted up an argument into a deadly assault, striking Stevenson in the head with a concrete block.

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