Edgewood Rapist Faces Two Life Sentences After Conviction In Retrial

Ricky Shamar Washington, a 28 year old Edgewood man, was found guilty today in Harford County Circuit Court, of first degree rape, first degree sexual offense, first degree assault, third degree burglary and use of a handgun in a crime of violence in connection with an attack that happened in October of 2007.

The trial was a retrial, due to the first one ending in a mistrial back in November 2008. The trial was heard before Judge Angela Eaves and took a week to conclude. After a day and a half of deliberations, the jury returned their verdict.

“The victim is so very relieved and finally feels safe knowing Mr. Washington can not hurt her anymore,” said Lisa Hyle Marts, the Assistant State’s Attorney who handled the case.

Mr. Washington is facing two life sentences. The sentencing is set for July.

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  1. Conspiracy says

    Don’t be so quick to believe everything you read. Harford county is always glad to put a man of color behind bars. The reason it was a mis trial in the first place is because it’s not true. She knows Latoya Smith knows the truth. She will have to live with the lies she continues to tell . I guess this is another feather in the hat of the states attorneys office too. It was from the begining a he said – she said case. No real admisable evidence. Its not over yet. Mr Braveheart be careful of what you say. It could be your own trash that gets that bullet. As far as i’m concerned someone in the jury cracked. They know who they are.

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    • lilpittbullzmd says

      to the racist ignorant person who says the state attorney rather lock up blacks thats b.s.let me sound a lil racist even though im not. the resason so many of ur black pals are in jail is cuz they sell drugs to any 1 even there mother,#2 they rob stores so high on crack they dont cover they face. or when they shoot 1 of they home boys go brag.that gives the state more reason to go after these morons they dont have to prove tomuch they prove it for the state. i do also know even if ur innocent in court they stil find u guilty.now that a black women sentenced this rapist to what 30 years you cant say a racist white judge cracked his whip on this rapist. this rapist should of offered her some crack or even paid 10$ and got laid

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      • RELATIVE OF TIFFANY says

        EXACTLY LIL… TIFFANY WAS WHITE AND THE ANIMAL ONLY GOT A SLAP ON THE WRIST WHEN RICKY AND HIS BOYS RAPED AND MURDERED HER!!! I AM SO HAPPY THAT BASTARD IS OFF THE STREETS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. vietnam vet says

    Conspiracy I would like to think regardless of a man’s skin color he would get a fair trial in Harford county’ I personally would prefer to see a rapist hang by a short rope.

    But in this case. I feel and injustice may have been done.

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  3. lylekelvin says

    Wasnt it a jury trial, and that would mean both the states attorney and the defense got to pick the jury? The states attorney was so good they pulled the jeti mind trick on the defense. Geez conspiracy your so right, you should go straight to the J Edger Hoover building and tell them what you know.

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  4. TruthHurts says

    There was no evidence, no gun, no DNA, just think how many men were arrested and sent to jail and years later found out it was all a lie!!! i think if theres a reasonable doubt the person is innocent, and there wasnt enough evidence to convict him unlawfully done!

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  5. TruthHurts says

    no mabe about five times but too many times for it to have been the truth, nothing added up

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  6. lyle says

    i guess twelve people saw some evidence, but what do they know, and did you actually sit through the whole trial? And what would obmama say? What was the demographincs of the jury? Would Obama have choosen a differant jury, did the defense screw up, oh wait, something had to happen to cause this in the first place, hmmmm so many questions, WWWD, by any chance are your statements biased?? Why is it all ways a race issue when some one is found guilty, who was the judge that over saw the case?? Ahhhh he was guilty.

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  7. lyle says

    On a serious note, is it possible the trauma of going through a rape might have caused her some issues, the fact of having to re live it again, assuming it happened, might have caused some problems talking about it, for example PTSD from serving overseas, the issues soldiers have and i would have to say being raped would be far worse, short of having your head cut off, but the damage and would be unthinkable, so can the changes or the inconsistancy possibly come fom the hardship of re-living a rape.

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  8. lyle says

    Also if i were a prosecutor i would not want to be responcible for convicting an inocent man, i cant imagine the prosecutor didn have some evidence ocase to present

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  9. conspiracy! says

    Let me try to explain. Your right it should’nt matter , the color of your skin. But that,s not how it works. Have a spouse of color or biracial children and you would have a better understanding. As far as DNA -none found. Not his anyway. A Gun- none found. Another lie!. Burglery? They were going on a date! Another lie. Jury is always picked by both the state and the defense. What does that mean? Ive been a juror! Like i said someone gave in knowing there was nothing but REASONABLE DOUBTS!!!! As far as telling it to the Edagar building and President Obama, that just might happen. I will say this, its pretty scary when we live in a community where a woman can get mad because of whatever and threaten a man with rape after having consentual sex with him. She claims to feel safe now! But… this can happen to any man! You men are not safe!

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  10. conspiracy! says

    Oh! why worry about what Obama would do? I can bet it would be a whole lot more than what Bush would !

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  11. TruthHurts says

    and you speak of inconsistancy, if it were the truth and you are claiming to have relived it you would know every little detail from start to finish, (if it were the truth) she should have remembered detail to detail, why was i inconsistant, because it simply was not true she forgot a lie and to fill in the blank told a whole new one till she forgot everything!!

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  12. TruthHurts says

    and if u were a prosecutor it is your job to win your case whether the person is innocent or guilty…

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  13. lyle says

    I think your talking out of anger and this is a silly argument cause you cant talk reasonably. Wich is evident from your prosecutor statment and unless you have been raped or suffered from some major form of intense trauma from a life altering event that was near death you cant say what is going on in here head. And even if you did you still cant say whats going on in her head cause it affects everyone differantly, like repressed memories. So the sad fact is there are only two people that know what really happened and no one else will.

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  14. TruthHurts says

    This is your arguement! im just stating facts, and in life we all go through issues but its the ones that harm us the most that we just dont forget easily, and i’ve had an intense trauma in my life to where years later i can tell the same story that can’t be changed because my story is the truth and will never be changed, and your right nobody knows what really went on but the two of them thats why theres evidence pulled for a case, and when there is none and her story is not credible ( the man is innocent until proven guilty) and there was no proof for any of the charges listed above.. (besides he say she say) sadly to say in cases like this the female always usually wins and nobody knows half the reasons lies were told in these cases, jealousy, anger, attention!! who knows ! but on this one it simply wasnt true!

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  15. godisgood says

    in the game of law in the court its nothing but lies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  16. Knowledge says

    By the way, the Obama comment was sarcasm. Now when I hear claims of racial bias they are usually followed by some comment about Obama saving the minorites from the oprressive whites. There isn’t anything he can do about this case. Quick Government lesson for you…Our system is broken up into 3 separate parts Legislative, Executive and Judicial. The President is in the Executive branch and no branch can impose it’s will on the other. It’s called checks and balances, made to prevent a dictatorship.

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  17. lyle says

    Ok truth hurts, you have yet to state a fact, you are stating opinion. Do i need to define fact from opinion. You have not stated facts, and unless you can provide an official copy of th ecourt transcripts then only can we discus what really went on in the court case and what was really presented. YOu are injecting personal feelings into an unbiased argument which will never win or persuade cause you are not staing facts.

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  18. lyle says

    and godis good- god might be but your statment is that of a third grader, definatley somehting a liberal would say, like obama

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  19. lyle says

    and funny you reerence god as your name to put a stemtnt like that out cause some of the most worst crimes were commited in the name of god, all the witch hunts in early american settlemnt were done inthe name of god, those were true corrupt court hearings, just like the supream court ruling that just cmae out, by a liberal, like obama

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  20. awakenings says

    why are people so racist? what are the obama sayings about? he has nothing to do with this as i’ve read everyone is just stating thier opinions so who are you(IYLE) to create an arguement? you are obviously a regular to this cite and has nothing better to do with yourself dont bother creating an arguement with me i wont be on you will just be speaking to yourself!!! now as far as this case the truth will shed light in the end, nobody knows what happend but the two and god i just pray for both familes because it must be hard.. and grow up IYLE your comments are childish.

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  21. DaddyRabbit says

    Thanks awakenings. Lyle really needed that adult response from you.

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  22. lyle says

    Yes i needed someone else that didn’t actually read what i wrote, then try to argue that it is wrong. Like when i lit up Dave Yensen for calling me a racist, where do you get racism from any of my post? Obviously you are the racist, obviously you have racism so far engrained into your head that when i make a post about Obama you can only see the color of his skin. MY slam on Obama was on the political party he came from. Its right there in Black and White, from post 26, ” by a liberal, like Obama” unless liberal means skin color, i was referencing his political party. So good job awakenings on taking something and twisting it to where your own personal issues lie. You must be one of those HCPS graduates that had to take remedial classes to get into HCC.
    And maybe if you spent some more time in active discussions or arguments you would not write such a poorly written statement. And maybe you would learn to red what people actually write and try to make a better counter argument.

    And the end has already came,he is guilty, and ilbis from yamar’s post will be visiting soon. Oh and that is so grown up to come in here, rant and not stay to back it up. Very mature of you

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  23. Tranquility says

    Can we all just get along? Everyone is entitled to there own opinions and statements. Although I dont know why the Pres of the U.S was brought into the comments. I will say this though I think it pisses alot of or certain people off that we have Obama as the pres of the USA. But Get over it people it is what it is.

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  24. lyle says

    Actually , if your pissed at the president then u should not let it go, you maintain the reasons it pisses you off and when it comes time for electin you can argue with others on why he shouldnt be president. Which is so far off the subject matter, and yes everyone is entitiled to thier opinions, but some one was trying to pass thier opinion off as fact. Wich is what i wrote

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  25. Karma says

    I would like to know what Obama has to do with this situation? On a serious note I would like to comment on how there was an injustice done to this young man. I have been involved and followed this case for the last 18 months and I will continue to as long as my faith will allow me to. This case should have been thrown out the first day it entered court and for what reason you might ask? I emphasize this fact right here: NO DNA!!!!! NO DNA!!!!!! NO DNA!!!!. Oh!!! but there was DNA , and who’s you might ask? It was from ANOTHER MAN!!!. The DNA was found on a hand towel that Latoya Smith said her “alleged rapist” used. After recieving evidence like this I would have thrown this case right back at the state’s attorney! I still cannot understand how a court can convict an individual without the one source of evidence that is ever so crucial for a case such as this one! There are alleged rapes that occured over 20yrs ago which have been re-evaluated because they were convicted without DNA, and come to find out the alleged rapist was found not guilty becasue the DNA was not his. There was no bruising of any kind and no evidence what so ever of a forceful entry of her home. How could there be forceful entry if they both agreed to meet for a date on the night in question ? All I have to say is that this fight is definitely not over and it will be fought with justice not injustice this time around

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  26. Knowledge says

    Why is anyone blaming Lyle? I’m the one who brought up Obama. I simply meant , go tell him and he can fix the injustice done to this fine young man. After all he is the savior that is going to save the country from the big bad republicans, right? Oh, and by the way Tranquility, maybe we can get along but I don’t want to. I have no tolerance for those that are blind to what is going on around them. No DNA? So what? That doesn’t mean he is innocent. You watch too much CSI, that’s not the real world.

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  27. lyle says

    Well i thank karma for introducing more specific statments, but again we need the actual court transcripts its hard to discuss what is the case and whats not the case. DNA is over rated, then there is the problem inwhich you cold be half way in and she says no and you keep going its now rape which cancels out your forced entry idea. The who night could of been consenual and she changed her mind, got to stop. Better choose your dates carefully.

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  28. LALA says

    DNA, is important in a case like this expecially if the DNA is not his and somebody elses the same night you claim you were raped ( wrong guy) its not fair thats hes charged with crimes when there are no evidence ( no it dosnt mean he is not gulty) but nothing was credible and i was there during the entire case and i am a woman so im not just taking sides but (right is right) and (wrong is wrong) and yes us women should choose our dates carfeully, but men should too because women are just as crazy , and wow to the obama comments, its just pointless and truly had nothing to do with this case in no way shape or form, so go express your hate for YOUR new president some place else, in the court alone ev idence plays a huge role in convicting people for crimes,

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  29. Karma says

    Thank you LALA for your comment, I agree that men should definitely choose their dates wisely because women in this day and age are highly vindictive and when they can’t get what they want they’ll do what ever possible to ruin a man’s life, especially pull the RAPE card. So men, I am warning you that you need to get to know your women before you sleep with them and/or catch feelings!!! In Latoya’s, case she could not deal with the fact that this young man had gotten back together with the love of his life of eight years !!! I would have to say that this was a real live case of fatal attraction. To comment on Iyle’s statement about needing the transcript for official evidence I shouldn’t need a transcript if I was physically there. I also disagree with the fact that DNA is “overated”. I find it hard to believe that you can physically rape someone without leaving traces of seminal fluid, scars, and bruising which in this case THERE WAS NONE!!!!! And you’re asking how I might know know these things? It is because I was sitting through hours of cross examinations and the displaying of evidence. To top it off the safe nurse in charge of conducting Latoya’s exam was discredited by the professional himself who developed the exam for the state of Maryland!!!! So that right there should’ve been enough proof that there was NO RAPE. Instead of the great judicial system of harford County worrying about receiving points and kodos for re-election, they should’ve looked at the facts instead of locking up an innocent man and ATTEMPTING to throw away the key. I emphasize attempt because a REAL judicial system would have never given this case a light of day, and that is why this case is in the process of being taken to another level and this young man will recieve the justice he deserves.

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  30. Where's justice?? says

    I personally know the person involved in this case. He is a good man. I have left my children alone with him and he has been nothing but trustworthy. This whole case is based on lies and a bitter girl (I’m not even going to call her a woman) who has single-handedly ruin yet another black man’s life. It is so sad when our own people are the ones to throw one another to the wolves, also known as the court system. Unjustly, he was judged based on his apperance and prior record. The same girl crying on the stand was the same girl shaking her tail at a local bar, not a month later. One day she will wake up and realize the lives she’s ruined. Not only Sham’s, but the ones who love him.

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    • RELATIVE OF TIFFANY says

      I AM SO TIRED OF HEARING THE RACE CARD! WHEN HE RAPED BEAT URINATED ON AND LEFT TIFFANY(AGE 15) OUTSIDE TO FREEZE TO DEATH, THERE WERE MOUNTAINS OF EVIDENCE… AND EVEN AN ADMISSION OF GUILT…. HE WAS BLACK SHE WAS WHITE, YET IN STILL HE GOT OFF WITH A SLAP ON THE WRIST… SO OBVIOUSLY IT AINT ALWAYS ABOUT SENDING A BLACK MAN UP THE RIVER….

      ONCE AN ANIMAL ALWAYS AN ANIMAL A TIGER CANT CHANGE HIS STRIPES NOR CAN A LEOPARD HIS SPOTS!

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  31. vietnam vet says

    Where’s justice. I typically am hard on crime & criminal’s. I take in to consideration his prior record. but I’am inclined to believe he was railroaded.

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  32. Gumzzz says

    Harford County is a smaller representation of a overall biased sadistic and racist judicial system. Ricky Washington is a close friend of mine so of course I show bias in this case. The facts do remain no DNA evidence, physical evidence and victims statements of said events were suspect and kept changing. Look I’m gonna be as real as possible Ricky Washington was heavily convicted based on the death of Tiffany Fouts 1995. There was alot of bullshit thrown around then from the police, the Aegis and alot of racist or ignorant bitches. People are going to beleive what they want to beleive especially if your already inclined to beleive that a persons skin color adds more value to their life and self worth than someone who is not shall I say white. Don’t give me shit about its not like that when I know first hand what its like to not be beleived and have a million people against you, and have a biased system steer the hands of justice for you.I mean justus. To Ricks family I send prayers,to the victims family I pray and for Tiffany Fouts family I still pray. One day we will all wake up dead and know that only God can judge us for the true crimes against each other that we all have been apart of on some level. No one is perfect but we should strive to be everyday.

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    • RELATIVE OF TIFFANY says

      THOUGH I MAY NOT KNOW THE FACTS OF THIS CASE, I AM GLAD HE IS BEHIND BARS! HE WAS ONE OF THE MONSTERS WHO RAPED, BEAT, URINATED ON AND THEN LEFT TIFFANY (AGE 15) OUTSIDE TO FREEZE TO DEATH. WITHOUT A JUDGE OR JURY SHE WAS SENTENCED TO DEATH AT THE HANDS OF THOSE “GOOD PEOPLE” TIFFANY’S MOM DIED 5 YEARS LATER WITH NO JUSTICE EVER BEING DONE FOR HER DAUGHTER. RICKY WAS FOUND GUILTY THEN BUT HE WAS “TOO YOUNG” TO BE CHARGED AS AN ADULT RECIEVING NOTHING MORE THAN A SLAP ON THE HAND… HE GOT OFF THEN IM GLAD HE DIDNT GET OFF NOW!

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      • lilpittbullzmd says

        is this the girl who was takin in the woods raped and pissed on?? if so the let me be nice person who did this was bragging about? why dont black men think be4 they do stuff

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        • RELATIVE OF TIFFANY says

          YES THEY INVTED HER TO A “PARTY” AFTER SHE WAS INTOXICATED THEY BEAT HER WHILE RAPING HER, THEN AFTER PISSING ON HER, DRUG HER INTO THE WOODS PARTIALLY CLOTHED, WHERE SHE FROZE TO DEATH ON ONE OF THE COLDEST NIGHTS OF THE YEAR!!! BUT ALL OF THEM GOT OF WITH NOTHING MORE THAN A SLAP ON THE WRIST… ITS BEEN 14 YEARS, BUT NOTHING HAS GOTTEN EASIER FOR OUR FAMILY!!! JUSTICE WAS NEVER SERVED FOR TIFFANY!

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          • lilpittbullzmd says

            wow i remember this from when i was in school.did she go 2 edgewood? i think the guys who did this should be taken out ass raped and left to freeze onley after being nutted allover by some 6.9 white biker with tattoo;s all over and to prove its wasnt race motivated leave the nosse next to the body.or even better leave them injured so they could hang they self!,im not racist at all but the things these mofo do to make them look cool is wack!

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          • RELATIVE OF TIFFANY says

            NO SHE WENT TO JOPPATOWNE HIGH SCHOOL….. AND IT ANT EVEN ABOUT ALL THAT…. THIS CASE WAS ABOUT KARMA… RICKY GOT OFF 14 YEARS AGO… AND HE DIDNT GET OFF THIS TIME…. IT AINT ABOUT REVENGE ITS ABOUT WHATS RIGHT!!! ONLY GOD CAN PUNISH THEM HOW THEY NEED TO BE PUNISHED…. IT MAY TAKE A WHILE BUT THEY WILL ONE BY ONE GET THEIRS!

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  33. DaddyRabbit says

    “our own people” meaning the dirt bags who think they are superior to any other.

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  34. yoyo says

    so your talkin about yourself and your people we dont think we are better we just know we have to look out for ourselves because if we dont yall wont!!!! mabe 37% of yall care other than that nope!!!!!!!!!!

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    • lilpittbullzmd says

      how can u say look out for ur self.iv noticed no1 white or black looks out for any 1 even they self

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