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Carroll Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr.
Carroll Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr.

Retired Carroll County Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr., who during his years on the bench developed a reputation for being even-keeled and fair-minded to all sides and had the distinction of presiding over the longest murder trial in the history of Maryland, died Sunday of renal failure at Carroll Hospital Center. The longtime Westminster resident was 79. "Judge Burns was a very personable individual who was completely free of any haughtiness or phoniness. He was both a very genuine person and judge," said Thomas E. Hickman, who served as Carroll County state's attorney from 1974 to 1995 and is now in private practice. "He was an incredibly fair man, and that came...