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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Central Booking prisoner’s death ruled a homicide

By Ryan Davis and Gus G. Sentementes
Baltimore Sun

MD - The weekend death of a 51-year-old man who struggled with officers at Baltimore's Central Booking and Intake Center was ruled a homicide Monday, as family members, a lawmaker and an advocacy group expressed outrage over his killing.

During an afternoon news conference, anguished relatives of Raymond K. Smoot surrounded the state official who oversees the beleaguered facility and pushed before him photographs of Smoot, taken while he was in his bed at Johns Hopkins Hospital, that show his disfigured, purple face.


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