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Baltimore Co. trial opens in 2011 witness killing
Baltimore Co. trial opens in 2011 witness killing

For months, prosecutors say, a group of men targeted Ronald Givens, trying to persuade him to lie to authorities in a Baltimore case involving alleged drug and gun violations. Givens refused, prosecutors said. On an October evening in 2011, a few weeks before he was scheduled to testify, Givens, 55, was shot to death on his lawn in the Gwynn Oak area of Baltimore County. More than three years later, attorneys gave opening statements Thursday in a trial in Baltimore County Circuit Court of two of the men accused of conspiring to kill Givens. Clifford Carroll Butler, 23, and Derius Donald Duncan, 25, face first-degree murder, witness intimidation, conspiracy and firearm charges. If...