Manslaughter conviction overturned for man arrested by corrupt Baltimore Gun Trace Task Force officer

Manslaughter conviction overturned for man arrested by corrupt Baltimore Gun Trace Task Force officer

From left, Brent Matthews and Umar Burley exit U.S. District Courthouse with their attorney Steve Silverman in December after a judge agreed to vacate their convictions in a case where prosecutors say drugs were planted on them by indicted Gun Trace Task Force Sgt. Wayne Jenkins. (Lloyd Fox / Baltimore Sun) A Baltimore judge vacated the manslaughter conviction of a man for the killing of an 86-year-old while fleeing police eight years ago, the result of new evidence uncovered through a corruption investigation into a Baltimore Police gun unit. For 47-year-old Umar Burley, the move finally cleared his record of charges for which he wrongly spent more than seven years in prison. Drugs were planted on him by corrupt officers who falsified charges against him, federal prosecutors have said. Meanwhile, the family of Elbert Davis, who was killed in the crash, expressed frustration that the case was reopening old […]

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