No new trial for man convicted in killing of Balto. Co. officer

Wesley Moore, one of four men convicted in the 2000 death of Baltimore County police Sgt. Bruce A. Prothero, was denied new trial Tuesday.

Moore, who is now 37, appeared in Baltimore County Circuit Court in a post-conviction relief hearing, asking for a new trial.

Moore was 25 when he was convicted of felony murder in 2001 in Prothero's death, along with three other men. Prothero was shot three times Feb. 7, 2000, during an attempted robbery at the J. Brown Jewelers on Reisterstown Road during, where he was working a second job as a security guard. Moore was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

One of the state's witnesses in his trial had been related to a juror, but Judge Judith C. Ensor denied Moore's request, saying Tuesday that there was no indication the juror and witness were aware they were related and that it was not a key witness, whose testimony was superfluous.

Moore also alleged he had not properly been advised of his right to waive a jury trial and that he would have benefited from instead having a bench trial given the media attention surrounding the case, his court filing said.

But Ensor, after reviewing the case, said she found Moore had been informed of his choices.

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