The state Court of Special Appeals sent [Kevin L. Jones]' case back to the trial court after it found that he had been improperly required to testify for Timothy Rogers, his co-defendant. Jones asserted his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and did not answer any questions posed to him, and the judge instructed the jury not to consider his silence in its deliberations.
Jones and Rogers were both convicted at that trial. Jones was sentenced to life with all but 30 years suspended. Rogers was tried as the trigger man in the murder of Mr. Ransom, 76, who was shot and robbed March 22, 1987, as he returned to his car after visiting patients at University Hospital. Rogers is serving a prison sentence of life plus 20 years.