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Conviction reversed in case tied to D.C. checkpoints

Monday - 2/4/2013, 7:54am  ET

WASHINGTON - A District of Columbia appeals court has overturned the conviction of a man accused in a 2008 outburst of violence that led police to use neighborhood checkpoints.

Marcus Brown was convicted of assault with intent to kill and other crimes. He was one of eight men charged in connection with the July 2008 shooting of 13-year- old Alonzo Robinson, who was visiting from Alabama, in D.C.'s Trinidad neighborhood.

At trial, Brown faced charges stemming from an alleged attempt to retaliate against other defendants who were accused in the shooting that killed Robinson.

The Washington Post reports a three-judge panel of the D.C. Court of Appeals reversed Brown's conviction last month.

The court said the trial judge had given jurors flawed instructions as they deliberated.

Brown, who's imprisoned in a separate case, was the only one of the eight convicted by a jury. Prosecutors wouldn't say whether they planned a retrial.

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Information from: The Washington Post http://wapo.st/14zFOq7


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