BALTIMORE – A Baltimore man has been freed after an appeals court overturned his conviction.
Darryl White, 25, was charged in the attempted murder of three Baltimore police officers in July 2008 that claimed the lives of his two cousins.
He was convicted on weapons charges and served two years in prison.
Darryl White greets family as he’s freed from prison.
On Wednesday, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals overturned his 12-year sentence and his conviction on conspiracy and carrying and transporting a weapon in a vehicle charges.
“I’m just relieved. I’m glad I can put this behind me, and I can move on. Words can’t express how I feel,” White told 11 News after he was released.
The court determined the evidence presented against White was insufficient.
During his trial, White testified that he and his cousins had just left a party at a south Baltimore union hall when his cousins pulled out weapons and fired them into the air to celebrate the Fourth of July.
White denied touching, handling or firing a weapon.
He said as the men drove off, three Baltimore police officers arrived to investigate.
The officers claimed they were targets and that shots were fired at them from the car. The officers opened fire in return, hitting all three men. Raemond White, 21, and Haywood White, 18, died in shootout.
Testimony during the trial revealed that none of the officers saw Darryl White with a handgun. Police never tested him for gunshot residue, and DNA testing was inconclusive, court records showed.
“I wish my cousins were still here. I’m going to live for them and try to be the best person I can be,” White said Wednesday.
Prosecutors said they will not retry the case.
In the meantime, the White family has filed a multimillion-dollar wrongful death and malicious prosecution lawsuit against the city and the Baltimore Police Department.
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