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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Marilyn Mosby, a high-profile prosecutor who joined the criminal justice reformers but ended up with her own legal troubles, has lost the Democratic primary for Baltimore State Attorney to Ivan Bates, a lawyer.

Baltimore is heavily Democratic and there is no Republican candidate in the running. Roya Hanna is an unaffiliated candidate who has run for the November general election.

“Today Baltimore decided it was time for a change,” Bates wrote on Twitter. “A huge thank you to all my supporters. I recognize that helping build a safer Baltimore is a huge challenge. I’m ready to lead — and to work with employees at all levels to help make it happen.”

Mosby, who served a two-term tenure, gained national fame in 2015 when she brought criminal charges against six police officers for the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who suffered a spinal cord injury after the police handcuffed him, handcuffed him and put his head in a van. His death caused riots and protests. None of the officers were convicted.

In January, a grand jury indicted: Mosby on two counts, each of perjury and making a false statement about a loan application to purchase a home in Kissimmee, Florida, and a condominium in Long Boat Key, Florida. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The indictment accuses Mosby of falsely stating that the COVID-19 pandemic hurt her finances so she could withdraw $90,000 from her city retirement account. Mosby’s gross salary was over $247,000 in 2020 and has never been cut, according to the indictment.

Bates, who is a managing partner of the Baltimore law firm Bates and Garcia, served as a prosecutor in Baltimore from 1996 to 2002 before becoming a lawyer. He campaigned based on his experience and stressed that the city needed a change in leadership with ethical, transparent and effective prosecution.

Bates also defeated Thiru Vignarajah, a former assistant attorney general.

Violent crime has been particularly strong in Baltimore in recent years. More than 300 murders have been committed in the past seven years. Earlier this year, Maryland’s largest city experienced its deadliest January in nearly half a century with 36 homicides.

It took until Friday to convene the Democratic primary for Bates, as margins tightened and more ballots were cast by mail. The election was Tuesday. Maryland law prohibits counties from opening mail ballots until the Thursday after Election Day.

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