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Man named Baltimore's public enemy convicted of murder

The Baltimore Sun
After being labeled “Public Enemy No. 1,” Capone Chase learns his fate in court

A Baltimore jury found a man police named as "Public Enemy No. One" guilty of murder Wednesday, his attorney said.

Over a year ago, a police commander stood at a Greektown playground where Ramon Rodriguez, 21, was killed and branded Capone Chase, 20, as the department's most wanted suspect.

State's attorney Gregg L. Bernstein said he was pleased by the outcome of the case.

"Mr. Chase is a dangerous and cold-blooded individual," he said. "We hope this result brings some measure of closure to the victim's family and friends."

As Chase's trial began last week a prosecutor revealed that Rodriguez had been aiding police in a separate investigation. That was a key detail that helped bolster the story of the lone eyewitness in the case.

Rodriguez's girlfriend told police that she had been with him when he was killed, only to have her life spared by Chase and another man who was with him. The girlfriend could not identify the second man and he has not been charged.

But Phillip C. Levin, Chase's lawyer, told the jury that they should not credit her account because she originally told police that she hadn't seen what happened.

In an interview Wednesday, Levin said jurors had overlooked that initial version of events, which the girlfriend gave when she called 911.

"I believe and love this jury system but I'm really disappointed with their analysis of the case," Levin said. "[Chase is] disappointed as well."

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