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Trial Underway For Detective Accused Of Stealing Guns

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Update, 5:30 p.m.: Today prosecutor Jonathan Church called four witnesses to the stand including a convicted felon with ties to illegal guns sales and a state police officer from the task force that confirmed that much of the paperwork generated in the seizure of the weapons was approved by detective Carter.

Later there was speculation that one juror had read a newspaper account of the trial. Jurors said they saw the article, but did not read it following instructions give the day before.

The trial is expected to wrap up tomorrow.

Original Story: In Maryland, the trial continues today for a police detective accused of reselling guns seized from criminals.

Prosecutors are describing Prince George's County Detective Juan Carter as a "gun dealer on the street with a badge." Those remarks came during opening statements in in the trial.

Carter served on a firearms task force run by the Maryland State Police, and authorities have said that at one point, more than 20 guns taken by the task force were missing. He was indicted in 2010 on 13 counts of theft and misconduct in office.

Carter's defense attorney says his client did not steal the weapons. He says discrepancies likely were due to sloppy paperwork by Carter and others on the task force.


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