Judge denies request to sanction prosecutors in trial of man charged in deadly newspaper shooting

Jarrod Ramos

HOLD FOR STORY FILE – This June 28, 2018, file photo provided by the Anne Arundel Police shows Jarrod Ramos in Annapolis, Md. Ramos who is charged with five counts of first-degree murder in a shooting at a newspaper has pled not guilty and not criminally responsible. A pool of 300 potential jurors will be in a Maryland court on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, to answer questions about the mass shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper that killed five people last year. (Anne Arundel Police via AP, File)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – A judge has denied a request to sanction prosecutors in the case of a man charged with killing five people at a Maryland newspaper.

Judge Laura Ripken ruled Friday to deny the request by defense attorneys to sanction prosecutors for failing to properly share evidence with them before the trial of Jarrod Ramos.

Ripken says she’s satisfied prosecutors have exercised due diligence.

Meanwhile, Ripken has asked attorneys on both sides to review model questions for prospective jurors from the Maryland State Bar Association to prepare for jury selection, which is set for Oct. 30. The trial is scheduled to start Nov. 4.

Ramos has pleaded not guilty and not criminally responsible – Maryland’s version of an insanity plea – to the June 2018 attack at the Capital Gazette.

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