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Attorneys for Accused Maryland Cop Killer Blame Officer’s “Aggression” for “Accident”

May 28, 2018  | 

Officer Amy Caprio (Photo: Baltimore County PD)
Officer Amy Caprio (Photo: Baltimore County PD)

Attorneys for the teenager accused of running over and killing Baltimore County police Officer Amy S. Caprio called for the public release of body camera footage from the incident, saying their client was in “survival mode” when he ran over the officer and her death was an “accident.”

Wyndal Gordon and Warren Brown, two prominent Baltimore defense attorneys who are representing 16-year-old Dawnta Harris, said Thursday morning that the footage will help answer questions surrounding Caprio’s death, and ultimately help their client’s case. They called on Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott D. Shellenberger to release the video.

Harris is charged with first-degree murder; police say he struck Caprio with a stolen Jeep Wrangler Monday afternoon in Perry Hall, MD. He is one of four teens charged as adults in her death.

Gordon said he wants to know why Caprio demonstrated “aggression” toward Harris and why she drew her weapon during what “amounted to a traffic stop.” Gordon said his client couldn’t see where he was going when he ducked as Caprio fired her gun, and he hit the gas, the Baltimore Sun reports.

“If someone's got bullets whizzing by your head, you’re in survival mode, you’re trying to survive,” Gordon said. “This was not an intentional killing. … This was an accident.”

Comments (18)

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Trigger @ 5/28/2018 1:46 PM

The defense attorneys will try anything to get their clients off.

John Richmond @ 5/28/2018 2:26 PM

That's a BS excuse for the criminals who were in a stolen vehicle. The attorneys for the defendants will be responsible for the continued division between the community and the police. They're trying to blame the officer for the actions of the defendants, unbelievable. The next thing they'll do is blame the officer for the absence of the defendants parents, the environment they grew up in and their inability to make good, sound decisions. The is a miscarriage of justice!

a.sims @ 5/28/2018 2:54 PM

It's everyone else's fault except his. What a load of BS. Makes me want to vomit!!!

db in AZ @ 5/28/2018 3:44 PM

The lawyers should be locked up along with the perp.

Mark @ 5/28/2018 3:59 PM

Typical defense lawyer crap. Hopefully the jury will be smart enough to see through these twisted lying and soul less monsters calling themselves lawyers.

keccopaz @ 5/28/2018 4:49 PM

What load of crap this defense atty. is shoveling! The only "mode" this defendant was in was "committing a crime and getting away from the cops'. This attorney has it ass backwards, the reason the officer pulled her weapon was due to the suspect refusing to submit and driving at her using the (stolen) vehicle as a deadly weapon, which was proven to be a weapon in this case (sadly). When a Defense attorney acts like a whore and makes up "facts" or alleges racism without casuse they are the lowest of the low and scum of the earth. Dont even try and put this on that officer doing her job. YOUR defendant should have NOT been committing a felony, YOUR defendant should have surrendered and submitted to a lawful order and was in fact violating his court release at the time.YOUR defendant ran over this officer and I could care less what his motivation was, he did so during the commission of a felony and should pay the price. You defense attorney are a race baiting whore and we all know it.

Michael Rinwlli @ 5/28/2018 5:21 PM

Lets see; suspect already on house arrest, so he shouldn't' be out of the house. The suspect, is in a stolen vehicle. Plenty of reason for her to have her weapon drawn. He is guilty of murder trying to escape being arrested on multiple new charges.

Charles Ridgely @ 5/28/2018 6:09 PM

If he would have stayed in the "house" arrest mode, he would not have been in "survival" mode.

Tom Ret @ 5/28/2018 6:40 PM

For justice to prevail suspect should be run over and attorneys shot.

Just a Cop @ 5/28/2018 6:43 PM

So why are two "prominent" attorneys from Baltimore defending someone that would most likely have a court appointed attorney? Seems like there is an agenda here...

LAHeat @ 5/28/2018 7:12 PM

Hmm, “my client was in survival mode”, it was an accident! What a BS defense! How about we back up a little and ask why little Johnny (Dawnta) was in in a stolen Jeep to start with? Had he not stolen the Jeep in the first place, this would never have occurred! Little Johnny is a cop killer!

DeputyDawg @ 5/29/2018 11:25 AM

I'd bet BLM or some other anti-police entity is paying for their defense attorneys. Sadly, they're just doing what lawyers have done for decades, lie cheat and do whatever it takes to get their client off.
It's a wonder Marilyn Mosby hasn't dropped the charges already, and tried to figure a way to charge Officer Caprio.

LegAdv @ 5/29/2018 12:51 PM

And, of course, if the State's Attorney publically releases the video, the defense attorneys would then probably claim prejudicial pre-trial publicity and make a motion for a change of venue. No way! Keep it under wraps until the trial is over!

KJH @ 5/29/2018 4:27 PM

I was run over and dragged by a suspect whom I stopped on a traffic stop in Los Angeles 1/31/95. Suspect, an ex-con, drove at a high rate of speed while was I stuck in the doorway of offenders vehicle. Statements told by him to other officers were, he was in fear of his life. Don't believe what the accused Maryland killer is saying, it's all bullshit to justify his actions...or accident...whatever!!!

Vantac International @ 5/31/2018 7:29 AM

This suspect is a known car thief, was driving a stolen vehicle as a lookout and getaway driver for a crew of burglars in progress when the officer arrived. Killing a police officer while in the commission of a felony crime is not an accident!

gryranger @ 6/3/2018 6:31 AM

Even Dawnta's mother knew he was no good. At his last court hearing, she requested he be put away. Juvenile Services said he would be better off in a home setting and requested back to mom under house arrest. The Judge decided that Juvenile Services knew best and released him.

The two attorney's do a lot of "pro bono" work in Baltimore if it involves the Baltimore City Police and the misguided citizens of Baltimore.

GC @ 6/13/2018 8:41 AM

It's all a moot point. Defendant was a getaway driver for a burglary so he was involved in the commission of a felony. He and his accomplices should all be charged with murder, because if a death occurs during the commission of a felony, all involved are charged with murder. His intent is irrelevant.

SGT Peacewarrior @ 6/15/2018 3:16 PM

What a load of hogsnot. The attorneys blaming the murdered officer for their violent client's actions. How easy is that. What a cowardly empty defense; because there is no defense for what he did. It sickens me that these shiftless attorneys throw out that stuff.

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