Maryland high court affirms Carroll County murder conviction
By Associated Press
Feb 23, 2016 | 2:35 PM
ANNAPOLIS - Maryland's highest court is affirming the murder conviction of a Westminster man in a 2012 tavern shooting.
In a 4-3 decision Tuesday, the Court of Appeals reversed a Court of Special Appeals opinion that could have meant a retrial for 27-year-old Jacob Bircher.
The issue was whether a Carroll County judge erred by giving Bircher's jury a supplemental instruction on the meaning of "intent." Jurors had asked if it referred to killing any person or a specific person.
The Court of Appeals found that the judge properly instructed the jury that Bircher could be deemed to have intended to kill David Garrett even if he was attempting to shoot someone else.
Bircher is serving a life sentence for murdering Garrett and wounding Gary Hale outside the Harvest Inn in Eldersburg.