Saturday, December 13, 2003

Suspect in Fountain Sq. shooting acquitted

By Sharon Coolidge
The Cincinnati Enquirer

A Hamilton County jury today found Anthony Baltimore not guilty in the May 2 death of Antonio Owens on Fountain Square.

Baltimore cried as the verdict was read.

"The jury reached the right verdict," said David Dudley, a Los Angeles-based attorney who represented Baltimore.

"He knew he was innocent. We all knew he was innocent."

Hamilton County Prosecutor Mike Allen called the verdict a disappointment.

"This is one we would like to have prevailed in, given it's in the most public place in the city," Allen said.

Baltimore, 34, of Dayton, Ohio, was to be released from the Hamilton County Jail by the end of the day today.

During the weeklong trial, witnesses gave several different versions of the shoot-out. There was little physical evidence to tie Baltimore to the gun used.

During closing arguments, Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor Judith Mullen urged the jury to remember that Owens told an officer at the scene that "Anthony Baltimore shot me."

Dudley said Owens was lying.

Dudley said he doesn't know who killed Owens, just that Baltimore did not. Baltimore, he said, was running away from the shooting. Baltimore suffered a bullet wound to his buttocks.


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