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Appeals court overturns murder conviction over drug charge

The state's second-highest court has overturned a murder conviction for a man who police say participated in a drug deal that ended in gunfire, which killed a Baltimore County grandmother hit by a stray bullet.

Donald S. Kohler did not shoot Shirley Worcester, 58, outside her Middle River home in January 2009. Police said Kohler had cheated a dealer out of four pounds of marijuana by handing over fake money and was running away when the dealer shooting at him hit the victim instead.

Prosecutors argued that Kohler was just as culpable for Worcester's death as the person who pulled the trigger, because they said he participated in a conspiracy that made everyone involved...