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This is Buzzy's Country Store blog designed to keep you apprised of what's going on at the Store. Buzzy's is a general store located in St. Mary's County, Southern Maryland near Pt. Lookout State Park. Buzzy and Jean Ridgell purchased the Store from Jean's father Harry Raley in 1953. Buzzy operated it until his passing in 2009. His son J. Scott Ridgell is the current owner.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Bar Room Deaths (Pt. 2)

Potter Creek Graveyard
On the topic of South County bar room deaths, Herbie McKay told me about serving on jury duty in 1998 to hear a court case involving a  bar room murder in Ridge.

Herbie was on jury duty and the case heard involved a man accused of murdering someone at Robinson Barnes' Bar in Ridge.  It was a tragic case where the victim was killed by mistake as the shooter was trying to kill someone else.

Herbie described how, after hearing all of the evidence presented, he and 10 of his fellow jurors agreed that it was an open and shut case of the man committing second degree murder. However, they had a 12th juror who held out for conviction and wouldn't budge.  As a result it was declared a mistrial.  (There would be a total of two mistrials before the gunman was eventually convicted.) 

I managed to track the case down via the Enterprise archives.

http://stmalib.archivalweb.com
Here too is the Enterprise description of one of the earlier mistrials where Herbie was a juror.  (For the complete, behind the scenes story on this, buy Herbie a beer sometime and he will fill you in on "the rest of the story.")
http://stmalib.archivalweb.com/imageViewer.php?i=1441470&v=r%3D1364%26in%3D2008%26w%3D1266
N.B.  The Potter Creek Graveyard photo above has nothing to do with this story.  I just thought that it was a cool picture to include in a post about death and dying.

How about this courtroom song from Moby Grape wherein they rhyme judge with budge:

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