February 24, 1996 |
A mother accused of setting a row-house fire that killed her two young daughters and sipping a soda while it burned was convicted Friday of murder and arson. Prosecutors said Rene Aulton had hoped to get rid of her daughters, ages 2 and 4, in hopes of reviving her relationship with her boyfriend. Upon hearing the verdict, Aulton, 27, hung her head on her chest and wept silently. Prosecutors are seeking life in prison without parole at sentencing April 12.
December 25, 1995 |
Police arrested two suspects in a Salisbury, Md., mall shooting that killed one person and wounded two others. Gabriel Cannon, 23, and his cousin, 19, were found at Cannon's home in Norfolk, Va. They were arrested on murder and attempted murder charges. The shooting appeared to be in retaliation for a fight last summer between Cannon and Roy Davis, 21, who was fatally shot, Police Capt. Elton Harrington said.
October 18, 1995 |
A teen-ager on a crowded bus fired a gun through its door Tuesday, striking and killing a woman who was holding a baby girl. Cynthia Jones, 39, was shot in the neck while waiting for the city bus in northwest Baltimore, police spokesman Rob Weinhold said. The infant wasn't injured. Investigators believe the gunman was aiming for someone else, Weinhold said. Several teen-agers were arguing on the bus before the single shot was fired, he said. "A group of teens started arguing.
September 12, 1995 |
A bomb blew up a van in the parking lot of a shopping mall Monday, killing five people and shaking homes for blocks. The 6 p.m. explosion in the parking lot of the Middlesex Shopping Center blew the van's glove compartment a half-mile away, Police Officer J. L. Taylor said. "Investigators found some explosive material around the car," said Baltimore County Police Capt. Brian Uppercue. "They know it wasn't a gas-tank explosion."
October 19, 1994 |
A man who fatally shot his wife hours after catching her in bed with her lover drew 18 months in prison from a judge who said he was reluctant to give any jail time at all. Women's activists said Tuesday that the case amounts to giving spouses a license to kill. "This case explodes the myth that there is justice for domestic violence victims in Maryland," said Carol Alexander of the House of Ruth, a shelter for battered women. "He's sanctioned and approved an execution." Circuit Judge Robert E.
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July 22, 1994 |
A Hollywood recording engineer has been arrested and charged with hiring a hit man who suffocated the engineer's paralyzed 8-year-old son and shot his former wife and the boy's nurse to death, court officials said Thursday. Prosecutors say Lawrence T. Horn ordered the killings last year in Silver Spring, Md., in an effort to inherit about $2 million from a 1990 settlement with a Washington hospital, where the boy had been involved in an accident that left him a quadriplegic.
August 14, 1993 |
The second of two men charged with dragging a woman to her death during a carjacking was convicted Friday in a case that helped prompt Congress to declare the crime a felony. Rodney Solomon, 27, was found guilty by the Baltimore County Circuit Court jury of first-degree murder and six other counts, making him eligible for the death penalty. Circuit Judge Dana Levitz scheduled the penalty phase of the trial to begin Tuesday.
June 29, 1993 |
Through two trials and almost nine years in prison, part of that time on Death Row, Kirk Bloodsworth, 32, insisted that he was not guilty of the rape and murder of a 9-year-old girl. Now he has walked out of prison in Jessup, Md., a free man, thanks to DNA testing. The testing of semen on the girl's underclothing indicated that someone else committed the crime.
April 24, 1993 |
A teen-ager was found guilty of murder Friday in the slaying of a woman who was dragged 1 1/2 miles to her death in a carjacking case that prompted national calls for stronger penalties against violent auto thefts. Bernard Miller, 17, also was convicted of robbery and of kidnaping Pam Basu's 22-month-old daughter, Sarina. Basu, a 34-year-old research chemist, was beaten and forced from her car at a stop sign near her home in Savage, Md., on Sept. 8.
April 13, 1993 |
A teen-ager was alternately portrayed during trial in Ellicott City, Md., as an active participant and an innocent passenger in the deadly carjacking that prompted Congress and many states to pass laws dealing with the violent form of auto theft. Bernard Miller, 17, is charged with murder, kidnaping, robbery and felony theft in the Sept. 8 death of Pam Basu, 34, who was dragged behind her car for more than a mile after her car was stolen at gunpoint.