Man Convicted Of Killing Johns Hopkins Researcher Files Appeal

BALTIMORE (AP) — A man convicted of fatally stabbing a Johns Hopkins researcher during a robbery has appealed his conviction.

John Wagner was convicted in August of stabbing Stephen Pitcairn, 23, to death. Pitcairn was walking home from Penn Station, talking on a cell phone to his mother when he was killed in July 2010.

Wagner has insisted he had no part in the killing and that the true killer is still at large. The Baltimore Sun reports Wagner filed documents last week with the Maryland Court of Special Appeals to contest his conviction.

Wagner was sentenced last month to life in prison.

Lavelva Merritt, Wagner’s former girlfriend, has pleaded guilty to related robbery charges in exchange for her testimony against Wagner. She was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Information from: The Baltimore Sun,

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  • tomtom

    omalley will get him off in exchange for his vote.

  • Ba Lee Dat

    White peole are more violent. He was framed by the man.

    • Bernard Mc Kernan

      You crazy blind or both.

    • GM

      HA HA HA! Thats the most ignorant thing I have heard yet.

  • Sezmane

    DNA or

  • moleman

    Hope he get’s shanked in the joint & saves the state some $$$.

  • Inmy Opinion

    Of course he wants to appeal. He is hoping that the next jury will be the “no snitch, don’t convict” jury that is prevalent in Baltimore. The sad part will be that the appeal will be at taxpayer’s expense.

  • George Harman

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