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PRIEST GRANTED NEW TRIAL IN ABUSE

A defrocked priest who was convicted earlier this year of molesting a boy who later shot him won dismissal of the conviction Friday and was granted a new trial.

Circuit Judge Stuart Berger agreed with defense arguments that jurors should not have heard prosecution witnesses testify about other alleged victims of defrocked priest Maurice Blackwell, 58.

Defense lawyer Kenneth Ravenell argued that references by two Baltimore Police Department investigators to other victims made it impossible for his client to get a fair trial.

Prosecutors said they will review the opinion and decide whether to retry the case.

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