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Judge allows newspaper shooting video at trial

Accused Capital Gazette shooter due in court
Posted at 10:03 PM, Oct 02, 2019
and last updated 2021-06-11 14:13:46-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A Maryland judge has ruled graphic video of a shooting inside a newspaper office that killed five people can be shown during the suspect's trial.

Judge Laura Ripken said Wednesday during a pretrial hearing that she agreed with prosecutors, who described the surveillance video as "a witness" in the case.

Ripken denied a request by lawyers for Jarrod Ramos to block most of the video from being shown at trial. They argued its graphic nature made it "unfairly prejudicial" to their client, who is charged with first-degree murder and other charges.

Ramos has pleaded not guilty and not criminally responsible, Maryland's version of an insanity defense. His trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 4.