The sentencing hearing for Keith Davis Jr., convicted in the 2015 murder of a Pimlico security guard, was interrupted Friday after Davis’ lawyer moved for a new trial.
Baltimore Circuit Judge Sylvester Cox said he would reconvene on Monday in the politically charged case.
Davis lawyer, Deborah Levi, argued that Assistant State’s Attorney Patrick Seidel, who prosecuted the case, manipulated evidence in his closing argument and denigrated her client by referring to him as “Mr. Howard County” who doesn’t belong in Baltimore."
She said jurors were "enflamed with the passion to protect their community.”
Davis was convicted last summer of second degree murder in the death of Kevin Jones, the Pimlico security guard, after five trials, four of which were for the murder. One observer said his trials took numerous "strange turns."
Davis’ story begins soon after Freddie Gray’s story ends.