The Latest: Trial postponed in newspaper shooter’s case
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Latest on the second phase of a trial for a man who pleaded guilty this week to killing five people at a Maryland newspaper (all times local):
A judge has postponed a trial to determine whether a man who pleaded guilty this week to killing five people at a Maryland newspaper was legally insane at the time of the shooting.
Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Michael Wachs made the ruling Wednesday, before jury selection was scheduled to begin in the second phase of the trial of Jarrod Ramos.
Attorneys for Ramos asked for the postponement, after Judge Laura Ripken denied their request to preclude or limit testimony from some experts that prosecutors intend to call.
Prosecutors say the experts will be called to rebut the defense’s contention that Ramos should be found not criminally responsible for the shootings.
It’s unclear when the trial will be rescheduled.
Jury selection is scheduled to begin to determine whether a man who has pleaded guilty to killing five people at a Maryland newspaper was legally insane at the time of the shooting.
Prosecutors and attorneys for Jarrod Ramos are set to start asking potential jurors questions to seat a jury Wednesday.
Ramos pleaded guilty Monday to all 23 counts, before the first phase of his trial took place.
The charges include first-degree murder of John McNamara, Wendi Winters, Rebecca Smith, Gerald Fischman and Rob Hiaasen.
Ramos is maintaining his plea of not criminally responsible by reason of insanity.
A judge said last week that a report from the state health department has found Ramos to be legally sane. But Ramos’ lawyers say experts on the defense team have reached a different conclusion.