Today, a Maryland Court of Special Appeals (“COSP”), affirmed the conviction of Former Police Officer Keith Washington (the “Defendant”), who, according to court records, was convicted for the senseless murder of Marlo Furniture worker Brandon Clark and for shooting Clark’s co-worker, Robert White. Defendant Washington purchased a bed from Marlo Furniture which was delivered to his Maryland residence in December, 2006. The bed rails, however, were defective and either Defendant or Mrs. spouse requested replacements. Marlo agreed to do so and arrangements were made to deliver the new bed rails on January 24, 2007, between 2:30 and 5:30 pm. Defendant took off from work to be at home when the delivery arrived.
When the bed rails were not delivered during the specified time frame, defendant called Marlo to inquire about the delivery. After several phone calls, defendant was notified that the rails would be arriving around 7:30 p.m. At about that time, Brandon Clark (the “decedent”) and Mr. White, two furniture deliverymen, arrived at the Defendant’s residence with the bed rails. Defendant met Clark at the door. Unbeknownst to Clark or White, defendant had a handgun tucked into his waistband. White and the decedent, accompanied by defendant, carried the bed rails to the master bedroom on the second floor. A few minutes later, defendant shot both the decedent and White. White was severely injured and Clark died nine days later from complications related to his wounds. Defendant was found guilty of murdering Clark because of an unprovoked argument. Defendant, also refused to call for medical assistance after shooting Clark and White. The Defendant argued at trial that he was being physically accosted by Clark and White and that he shot them in self-defense. At trial, the State presented evidence that, on the night of the murder, the Defendant had no bruises or fractures, which is interesting, because the Defendant argued that Clark and White almost beat him to death. The Defendant’s wife also testified at trial that she witnessed Clark and White beating her husband.
The jury did not find credible the Defendant’s version of events and on February 13, 2008, they convicted him of involuntary manslaughter, among others. In this appeal, the Court found that Defendant’s attorney represented his interest and that there was no basis for an argument of ineffective assistance of counsel.
The Defendant is presently serving 45 years in prison for the murder.