Homicide

After 13 years, Baltimore man free after new witnesses say he is innocent of 2004 murder

After 13 years, Baltimore man free after new witnesses say he is innocent of 2004 murder

A 34-year-old man from West Baltimore who spent 13 years incarcerated for murder was found innocent Monday afternoon and set free.

Baltimore prosecutors asked the court to consider evidence from three new witnesses who independently said Lamar Johnson wasn’t the gunman in a 2004 killing. Attorneys for the nonprofit Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project have worked to free Johnson since 2010.

Johnson was found guilty in 2006 of murder in the death of Carlos Sawyer, 30. In March 2004, Sawyer was shot multiple times at a busy intersection outside Tench Tilghman Elementary School in East Baltimore. The 30-year-old from Edmondson Village man was pronounced dead at the Johns Hopkins...

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