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Williams v. State

Court of Special Appeals of Maryland
646 A.2d 1101 (1994)


Facts

Marvin Williams (defendant) borrowed money from the brother of Chuckie Eubanks, a well-known drug dealer. To help pay off his debt, Williams participated in two drug runs to New York for the Eubanks organization. At a later date, Williams was abducted by three men who believed Williams knew the location of Eubanks’s drug stash. According to Williams, the men threatened to kill Williams if he did not divulge the location of the drugs. Although Williams informed his abductors that he was unaware of the drugs’ location, Williams eventually led his abductors to the home of Chris Hale. When Hale opened his door in response to Williams’s knock, the three abductors and Williams pushed into Hale’s apartment. One of the abductors put a gun to Hale’s head and demanded that Hale tell them where the drugs were. The three abductors and Williams searched the apartment for drugs but did not find any. After the unsuccessful search, the abductors held both Williams and Hale at gunpoint while they interrogated them. Eventually, the abductors and Williams left Hale’s apartment without taking anything. Williams was convicted of (1) daytime housebreaking, (2) attempted robbery with a deadly weapon, and (3) use of a handgun in committing a violent crime. Williams appealed on the ground that he was acting under duress.

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