Man Dies of Gunshot Wounds 22 Years after Shooting

Can the Perpetrator Still Be Charged with Murder?

Man Dies of Gunshot Wounds 22 Years after ShootingA 38-year-old Baltimore man died in 2021 from gunshot wounds originally sustained in 1999, when he was just 16. Police say the bullet severed the victim’s spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed. After his death, a medical enquiry determined that the man had never returned to good health after the shooting and ruled the death a homicide.

Officials say that, because there is no statute of limitations on murder in Maryland, the perpetrator can still face prosecution. The statute of limitations establishes the time period in which a legal claim must be made. Most criminal acts must be prosecuted within a fixed period of time, but some of the more serious crimes, such as murder, manslaughter and rape, have no time limit on prosecution.

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Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith brings more than 30 years of experience to criminal defendants in Maryland, including people charged serious or violent crimes. SuperLawyers has named him one of the top 100 lawyers in Maryland and The American Lawyer Magazine has also cited him as a Top-Rated Lawyer.

Attorney Smith has been AV-rated (the highest possible) by his colleagues in the legal profession under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System for more than three decades. He has also received Martindale-Hubbell’s prized Client Distinction Award, an accolade earned by less than 4% of all attorneys nationwide. He carries a 10.0 (Superb rating) as a trial lawyer from AVVO and has also earned AVVO’s Client’s Choice Award, with an average client review of 5 stars.

A well-respected trial lawyer, Jonathan has a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Maryland criminal law and procedure. He knows how to effectively gather and preserve evidence and will take all necessary measures to ensure that law enforcement officers did not violate your constitutional rights.

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At the law offices of Jonathan Scott Smith, we aggressively advocate for criminal defendants throughout the greater Baltimore area and across the state of Maryland. Contact us online or call 410-740-0101 to arrange a meeting. We handle cases throughout Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Howard County, Baltimore County, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County in Maryland.


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