COVID-19 protocols impact court in Capital Gazette trial

As a two-day pretrial hearing started Thursday, a judge ruled that a state expert will not testify in the Capital Gazette mass murder case. Jarrod Ramos, 41, claims he was not criminally responsible despite admitting to killing five people at the newspaper's Annapolis newsroom in June 2018. It's up to the defense team to prove it. In 2019, Ramos pleaded guilty, but not criminally responsible by reason of insanity. The pretrial hearing is part of the sanity portion of the trial, in which a jury will determine whether Ramos is committed to a psychiatric hospital or spends the rest of his life in prison.