Convicted Murderer of Orthodox Girl Will Not Get New Trial


Poster for support eventA man who was found guilty of killing an 11-year-old Orthodox girl in 1969 was denied a new trial Thursday, according to reports.

Wayne Stephen Young will continue to serve jail time for the murder of Esther Lebowitz after Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Edward Hargadon made his decision Thursday.

The possibility of a new trial came about because of what is known as the “Unger ruling,” which cites that incorrect jury instructions administered in Maryland courtrooms may have led to unfair trials. Young, now 68, has been denied parole 12 times.

Hargadon wrote in her decision that instructions were “crisp and constitutionally sound,” according to the Baltimore Sun.

About 250 members of the Baltimore Jewish community packed a March hearing in protest of the possible new trial. People traveled by bus, car and subway to attend the hearing, and many silently read from prayer books.

Lebowitz, who was a student at Bais Yaakov School for Girls, was last seen in Pikesville after being dropped off at a drugstore after school. Her body was found three days later in a ditch not far from her Mount Washington home.

Digital media editor and senior reporter Melissa Gerr contributed to this report.


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