Circuit Judge David Egaugh rejected a request from the defense attorney for one of the men charged in a Maryland murder case to call for a mistrial in the case, according to USA Today.
Shirley was fatally shot along with her daughter, LaTresa Brown-Wright, in their home on Jan. 28, 2016. The men charged in the case, Marcus McGowan and Samuel Pinkney, were formerly students at Bowie State University.
Judge Egaugh said the shooting was unintentional, according to an interview with Newsweek. The judge said the former students were suffering from hazing due to the way they were acting during their time at the university.
“He was doing what you did, which is exercising your right to hazing,” Egaugh said to Judge Lewis Levinson during Wednesday’s hearing. “You probably were using some of the same extracurricular activities you used to engage in. I am on the side of the prosecution.”
The men who were present in the living room were 10 students at the university, according to Maryland State Police.
“I think you need to read the sheet that’s in front of you. I don’t think you need to read that summary,” Egaugh said, according to Newsweek. “The defense may have a constitutional right to continue to speak. I’m not going to quell his right. You don’t have a constitutional right to speak while Judge Levinson is calling the trial.”
Brown-Wright’s mother, Sheila Waters, told USA Today she was happy with Judge Egaugh’s ruling.
“The only thing I can say is God is good and justice was served,” Waters said. “I didn’t get to hold her alive; I didn’t get to see her. The people who did it, the whole damn jury should hang. I am happy. I never thought that it would be such a solid verdict. I am happy it’s over. I am happy the trial is over.”
Brown-Wright was a young mother, and prosecutors argued the fact the shooting happened at the time she was pregnant proved the case against her sons was clear.
“When something like this happens, it leaves a mark on you. You always have,” Waters said. “But I couldn’t have done it alone.”
Another trial is scheduled for May for the three other suspects in the case.
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