Judge postpones trial of Capital Gazette shooter, Jarrod Ramos

Posted at 1:40 PM, Oct 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-30 17:33:03-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WMAR) — Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Michael Wachs postponed the trial of Captial Gazette shooter Jarrod Ramos, before jury selection was scheduled to begin Wednesday.

Attorneys for Ramos requested the postponement, after trial Judge Laura Ripken denied a motion to limit testimony from some experts the state planned to call on.

Prosecutors say the experts will refute the defense's argument, that Ramos should be found not criminally responsible for the shootings.

On Monday, Ramos pleaded guilty to all 23 counts against him, but not criminally responsible by reason of insanity.

Judge Ripken accepted the plea and ordered a jury to hear the case.

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The charges include first-degree murder of staffers John McNamara, Wendi Winters, Rebecca Smith, Gerald Fischman and Rob Hiaasen.

A report from the state health department has found Ramos to be legally sane, but Ramos' lawyers say their experts believe otherwise.

It's unclear when the trial will be rescheduled.

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