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2 men sentenced to more than 100 years in killing of witness to receive new trial

2 men sentenced to more than 100 years in killing of witness to receive new trial

Two men sentenced to more than 100 years each for the killing of a witness will receive new trials after a Court of Specials Appeals decision reversed their convictions this month.

Derius Duncan, 27, and Clifford Butler, 25, were both convicted of first-degree murder of Ronald Givens in 2015. But in an opinion issued on Feb. 2, the appeals court wrote that they should receive new trials because information was unfairly used against them from a proffer agreement Butler had made during the investigation.

Prosecutors said Givens had witnessed Baltimore police arrest Duncan on drug and gun charges. They said Butler and Duncan tried to bribe Givens to lie to authorities and then...

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