Client Found Not Guilty of Murder of Former FBI Agent

July 16th, 2020
After waiting a year and a half behind bars for a crime she did not commit, a woman accused of murdering her husband is now free. In March of 2016, the body of an 62 year old FBI agent was found shot and beaten outside of our client’s home. The victim was her husband, with whom she had been having marital problems with for some time. Naturally, police were quick to point the finger at our client, despite having only circumstantial evidence to back their claim.  Soon after, our client was arrested and charged with first degree murder, second degree murder, conspiricay to commit murder, and the use of a handgun in connection with the death of her husband. The client was sent To Prince George’s County Jail to await trial, and the case received national media coverage during the wait, including having an entire episode of Dateline...Continue Reading

Prince George’s County Jury Acquits Correctional Officer of all Charges.

February 15th, 2016

After a three day jury trial in Prince George's County, a 30 year veteran correctional officer was acquitted of all charges, including several felonies which would have carried five years without parole.

Andrew Jezic and Jamie Alvarado-Taylor cross-examined all of the State's witnesses in such a way as to show that the client's own testimony was corroborated. It was a difficult case because the State had two eyewitnesses as compared to one for the Defendant - himself.

The jury deliberated only three hours before liberating the 62 year old father of seven. He and his wife of 32 years were elated.

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Army Ranger murder case ends 8.5 years later with no jail and no supervised probation, and with a chance for an expungement.

February 15th, 2016
Former Army Ranger enters plea in 2006 death of his roommate in Gaithersburg, avoiding third trial. by Virginia Terhune This story was updated at 5:20 p.m. May 18, 2015. It was corrected at 7:30 p.m. May 19, 2015. An explanation follows the story. A former Army Ranger accused of killing his roommate in Gaithersburg in 2006 has reached a plea agreement that lets him go free after serving more than five years in prison. On Thursday, Gary James Smith, 32, now living in Olney, entered an Alford plea in Montgomery Circuit Court to involuntary manslaughter in the death of fellow soldier Michael McQueen. An Alford plea means Smith does not admit guilt but acknowledges that there is evidence that could convict him. Twice, Smith was convicted of killing McQueen, but both convictions were thrown out on appeal. A third trial had been scheduled for this month. As part of the agreement, Smith pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless endangerment. “He wanted a compromise that would end this,” his attorney, Andrew Jezic, said Thursday about the agreement reached with the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office and McQueen’s family. The end result i...Continue Reading

Man found not guilty in Montgomery County home day-care sex abuse trial

February 15th, 2016
By Dan Morse October 27, 2015 A 56-year-old Maryland man was found not guilty on all charges Tuesday after being accused of fondling a 5-year-old girl at a home day-care center owned by the man’s daughter and wife.

“I am very satisfied,” Manuel Aguilar-Morales said after the verdict. “The jury accepted the truth that I am innocent.”During the six-day trial, Aguilar-Morales’s attorney called as character witnesses eight parents whose children went to the day care. One of them, Steve Hadeed, said in an interview that he never doubted Aguilar-Morales’s innocence. “There are no other people in the world I would trust more to care for my children than the Aguilar-Morales family, and that includes Manuel,” Hadeed said.Andrew Jezic, an attorney for Aguilar-Morales, said his client had several roles at Ariana’s Learning and Play Family Child Care in Silver Spring. He cooked meals for his daughter, his wife and the children. He cleaned rooms and performed maintenance. After returning from his own job — landscaping and construction work — he would hel...Continue Reading

Removal Proceedings are Terminated Following a Successful Coram Nobis

April 17th, 2015
Montgomery County Immigration Attorney Immigration Attorney Himedes Chicas and Criminal Attorney Rand Lucey teamed up to prevent the deportation of a longtime Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR). The JM Client was placed into removal proceedings and held in immigration custody on account of a nearly 15 year old criminal conviction. Attorney Chicas first convinced an immigration judge in Baltimore to reduce his Client’s bond to a reasonable amount that his family could afford to post in order to avoid detention during the pendency of the removal proceedings. Following the posting of the immigration bond and release from immigration detention, Criminal Attorney Rand Lucey worked with the client and determined that the underlying criminal conviction plea had not been entered into knowingly, intelligently, and voluntarily as required by law. He thus filed a coram nobis petition with the appropriate Maryland Circu...Continue Reading
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