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Salisbury Man Tried and Convicted in Absentia

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Tyrell Joyce, 28, Salisbury Tyrell Joyce, 28, Salisbury

WICOMICO COUNTY, Md.- A Wicomico County jury convicted a Salisbury man of witness intimidation, but say the man fled from the courtroom before the trial.

According to the State's Attorney's Office, 28-year-old Tyrell Joyce was tried in absentia Monday morning, after he left the courthouse during a morning recess prior to jury selection. He was convicted of inhibiting testimony of a witness, intimidation of a witness, and obstruction of justice. 

The case began in September 2015, when authorities say Joyce went to the home of a State’s witness in an unrelated case involving a friend of Joyce. They say Joyce threatened the witness, saying if she didn't drop the charges he would make sure she didn't make it to court. The witness called police and was also able to identify Joyce to Salisbury Police officers.

 Joyce had been free pending his trial date after posting bond in the case.  A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for May 5, though a bench warrant for Joyce’s arrest is still outstanding.     
 
Wicomico County State’s Attorney Matthew A. Maciarello commended the Salisbury Police Department for their work in the investigation and prosecution of this case.  Mr. Maciarello also thanked James L. Britt who prosecuted Joyce and Special Investigator Tracy Kilgore and Victim/Witness Coordinator Wayne Lowe for their assistance.  

If you have any information that could lead to the apprehension of Joyce, please call the Office of the State’s Attorney at (410) 548-4880 or visit www.wicomicosao.com. 

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