In criminal cases, it is not unusual for the defendant to try to suggest that someone other than the defendant may have committed the crime. What is unusual is to try to call the other alleged potential perpetrator as a witness to try to suggest that person’s guilt. Such a scenario was explored by Maryland’s intermediate appellate Court in a recent case called Baldeo Taneja v. State.
The Court’s opinion indicates that in October 2013 Mr. Taneja’s ex-wife was shot down and killed in the street in Germantown. Witnesses heard gunshots, and then saw the victim fall in the street, and another woman running away. Police the next day arrested Taneja and his current wife Kaur in Tennessee, and found in their car a revolver that was proven to be the murder weapon. Taneja had purchased the gun 5 weeks before, and his DNA was found on the gun. Evidence was produced that Taneja and Kaur were in Maryland at the time of the shooting, and both were charged with murder and other charges.