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Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 04/15/2011

‘Teflon’ defendant wins legal ruling

Corey Moore, known as the “Teflon Defendant” for his ability to beat murder charges and other allegations of wrongdoing, won another legal victory this week in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt.

During a pretrial motions hearing, U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams Jr. ruled that Takoma Park police did not have probable cause to search Moore’s apartment last fall.

Last October, authorities said, Moore ran from a police officer who saw him walking down a tree-lined street, holding what looked like a bottle of beer. As he fled, police allege, Moore tossed a package containing a half-kilo of cocaine toward a dumpster.

Police caught Moore, and searched his apartment. Inside the apartment, officers found a gallon of liquid PCP, worth about $77,000; a loaded Smith & Wesson revolver; a .44-caliber semiautomatic handgun and $44,000 in cash.

Williams on Wednesday ruled that police did not have probable cause to search the apartment, making all of the evidence found there inadmissible in court. The decision does not affect the cocaine Moore allegedly threw away.

Moore’s defense attorney did not return a phone call.

Marcia Murphy, a spokeswoman for Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein, said prosecutors are considering an appeal.

Moore, 35, gained notoriety for beating three murder charges in the District.

In one case, prosecutors dropped charges that he and another teenager killed a man described by D.C. police as a drug dealer.

While serving time in prison for weapons violations, Moore was charged with murder for fatally stabbing a fellow inmate. Moore claimed self-defense at his trial and was acquitted.

In another case, federal prosecutors in the District tried him four times in four years for fatally shooting Byron Hammond. None of the four juries were able to reach a verdict, and each case ended in a mistrial.

Over the years, Moore has also been charged with assault with intent to kill, assault with a deadly weapon, and running a sophisticated drug trafficking network; Moore was not convicted of any of those offenses.

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