Jeremy Arias of Gazette.Net, Maryland Community News, covered the week long case of Maryland vs Mr. Price.
The verdict was handed down after about five hours of deliberation. In the decision, the jury acquitted Price, 51, of first- and second-degree murder, manslaughter and a handgun offense in the May 5 shooting and killing of his 23-year-old son. LISTEN TO THE ACTUAL JURY VERDICT
Tears poured down Price’s face as he shook hands with several departing jurors, thanking them profusely before turning to Kupferberg and giving him a hug. “Thank you, Mr. Kupferberg,” he said, his voice heavy with emotion. “Thank you.”
Assistant State’s Attorneys Jeffrey Wennar and Teresa Casafranca portrayed Price as the aggressor in a confrontation in the elder Price’s apartment May 5. Kupferberg said Price was the victim in a struggle with his son, who Kupferberg said beat him and choked him at one point before Price retrieved his gun from a back bedroom as a last resort, shooting Matthew only after the younger man threatened to kill him and lunged at him, Kupferberg said.
After the verdict, Ramon Korionoff, the state’s attorney’s office spokesman, released this statement: “Shooting your own son to death is a tragedy no matter how you look at it and seemingly, the jury might have felt it was punishment enough for the father to deal with his own conscience for the rest of his life at the death of his one-and-only, Matthew. We accept the jury’s verdict but respectfully disagree with it.”
A juror, Tom Rushton, disagreed and wrote to Jeremy Arias of Gazette.Net in an email that the jury’s mindset during the five hours of deliberations was strictly based on the legal facts of the case and the evidence presented.
“The decision was legal and not sentimental. Not once in the deliberation process was this concept ever put forward (referring to Korionoff’s statement).The jury was thorough, considerate and freely discussed all sides of the evidence.”
In the end, the jurors agreed that the state failed to prove Mr. Price’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt with regard to self defense.