Barry Williams

Over prosecutors' objection, Baltimore judge removes exonerated man's assault conviction

Over prosecutors' objection, Baltimore judge removes exonerated man's assault conviction

A man’s nine-year effort to clear his name came to a close Thursday when a Baltimore judge — over prosecutors’ objections — removed his conviction for a shooting.

Demetrius Smith was exonerated of murder in 2013 after serving five years in prison, but a conviction in a separate but related case had remained on his record. The Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office wanted it to stay that way, but Judge Barry Williams disagreed, instead imposing probation before judgment.

“There’s too much going on to leave this as is,” Williams said of Smith’s cases.

Smith, given a chance to speak at the hearing, once again declared his innocence in both cases.

“This whole situation is...

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