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Man acquitted, charges dropped in murder of 73-year-old Hampden man

By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

7:15 PM EDT, October 16, 2012

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A jury acquitted one man and prosecutors dropped charges against another in the 2010 murder of a 73-year-old Hampden cab driver who was beaten to death with a tire iron, the State's Attorney's Office confirmed.

Mark Cheshire, a spokesman for city prosecutors, confirmed that a jury had acquitted Gary Latham, 29, on all charges, and based on that prosecutors dropped charges against a second man, Bobby Wisner, 31. 

Additional information was not immediately available Tuesday evening. 

When police charged Wisner, they wrote in charging documents that 73-year-old John Sandy had identified his attacker as "Bobby," who he said was the brother of a man who lived with him. He slipped into a coma, but eventually woke up and identified Wisner from a photo lineup. Latham was later charged as well.

Sandy had gotten off work and was walking home in the 3500 block of Elm Ave. on April 18, 2010 when he was repeatedly struck from behind with a tire iron, according to court records. Officers responded at about 4 a.m. and saw him lying in the street, suffering from a fractured skull, multiple broken bones to his left hand and bruises covering most of his body. He died in July. 

jfenton@baltsun.com