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Jury can't decide in crab cake stabbing

The Baltimore Sun

After almost a day and a half of deliberations, an Anne Arundel County jury was unable to reach a verdict yesterday in a stabbing case that stemmed from a dispute over who was next in line at a popular crab cake restaurant.

Keith Anthony Rantin Jr., 31, of Reisterstown faced a four-count indictment in the March 28 stabbing of Jeffrey Rites, 39, of Carroll County at the G&M; Restaurant and Lounge in Linthicum Heights.

Prosecutors maintained that Rantin attacked Rites at the carryout counter during the lunch rush. Rantin's lawyer said he acted in self-defense.

"We believe that the evidence shows that Mr. Rantin acted in self-defense, said Kenneth W. Ravenell, Rantin's attorney.

Prosecutors plan to retry to the case, said a spokeswoman for the state's attorney.

Rites insisted yesterday that he had no weapon at the restaurant. "Justice was not served," he said.

andrea.siegel@baltsun.com

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