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Murder conviction on Md.'s Eastern Shore reversed

Saturday - 7/21/2012, 10:27am  ET

SNOW HILL, Md. - A Maryland appeals court has overturned the murder conviction of an Eastern Shore man because of flawed jury instructions.

James Edward Ballard, of Pocomoke City, was convicted of second-degree-murder in the September 2010 fatal stabbing of Russell Matthew Bailey III.

Ballard argued that he had been acting in self-defense when he stabbed the 18- year-old Bailey.

His lawyer urged the judge to give jurors a specific self-defense instruction, but the request was denied and Ballard was convicted.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports ( http://tinyurl.com/cprtch7) that the Maryland Court of Special Appeals sided with Ballard's public defender and reversed his conviction, sending the case back for a new trial.

Worcester County prosecutors plan to retry the case.

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Information from: The Daily Times of Salisbury, Md., http://www.delmarvanow.com/


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