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Trooper cleared in wrongful death trial

Friday - 1/25/2013, 5:43pm  ET

FREDERICK, Md. - A jury in Frederick has cleared a Maryland State Police trooper in a wrongful death trial stemming from shooting in Libertytown in 2010.

The News-Post of Frederick reports ( http://bit.ly/14eDk17) that the jury returned the verdict Friday afternoon clearing Sgt. Eric Corbin of wrongdoing in the death of Veronica Harding-Perkins.

Plaintiff Dean Perkins had claimed that Corbin was too quick to use deadly force during a confrontation with Perkins' drunken wife. And he claimed police could have saved Harding-Perkins' life had they not waited nearly five hours to re-enter the home after the shooting.

Corbin maintained he fired because Harding-Perkins pointed a gun at him. And police said they didn't try to re-enter the house sooner because they feared she was still capable of shooting.

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Information from: The Frederick (Md.) News-Post, http://www.fredericknewspost.com


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