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Mister Big Mar 5, 2007 01:51 PM

Jury can't decide in crab cake stabbing
By Andrea F. Siegel
Sun reporter
Originally published March 3, 2007

After almost a day and a half of deliberations, an Anne Arundel County jury was unable to reach a verdict yesterday in a stabbing case that stemmed from a dispute over who was next in line at a popular crab cake restaurant.

Keith Anthony Rantin Jr., 31, of Reisterstown faced a four-count indictment in the March 28 stabbing of Jeffrey Rites, 39, of Carroll County at the G&M Restaurant and Lounge in Linthicum Heights.

Prosecutors maintained that Rantin attacked Rites at the carryout counter during the lunch rush. Rantin's lawyer said he acted in self-defense. "We believe that the evidence shows that Mr. Rantin acted in self-defense, said Kenneth W. Ravenell, Rantin's attorney. Prosecutors plan to retry to the case, said a spokeswoman for the state's attorney. Rites insisted yesterday that he had no weapon at the restaurant. "Justice was not served," he said.