Pearl Ford stabbed her mother to death. In her criminal proceedings, Pearl was found guilty of the murder, but not criminally responsible by reason of insanity. Pearl’s mother’s will left property to Pearl and Pearl’s brother, George. George (plaintiff) argued to the probate court that Pearl (defendant) was not entitled to inherit under the will because she murdered their mother, and the probate court agreed. Pearl appealed and the circuit court reversed, finding that Pearl was entitled to inherit under the will. George appealed to the court of special appeals, but the Court of Appeals of Maryland issued a writ of certiorari to allow it to decide the issue.