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 12, 1993 |
As he proudly videotaped his wife and their daughter leaving for her first day of preschool, Biswanath Basu didn't know he was also filming two men who would be accused of killing his wife in a carjacking. The key videotape evidence likely will be shown by prosecutors as the first of two trials gets under way today in the slaying of Pam Basu. Mrs. Basu's arm became tangled in a seat belt as she was forced from her BMW at a stop sign a block from her home, police said.
March 22, 1993 |
A man was charged with murder Sunday in the killing of a nun who was found bound and gagged in a convent. Melvin L. Jones, 34, of Baltimore, was arrested at a friend's house. He was charged with first-degree murder and burglary in the slaying of Sister MaryAnn Glinka of Baltimore, a police spokesman said. He was held without bail pending a hearing today. Police said the nun may have surprised her attacker while he was burglarizing the convent.
February 20, 1991 |
Gov. William Donald Schaefer commuted the prison sentences of eight women who killed abusive men. He said in Annapolis that he was convinced the women acted in self-defense. They could be freed as early as today. The women are serving sentences ranging from three years to life on convictions ranging from voluntary manslaughter to first-degree murder. Last month, Schaefer visited several inmates sent to the women's prison in Jessup for killing husbands or companions who repeatedly abused them.
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December 30, 1990 |
We sat inches apart on a cold bench inside a junior high school auditorium on Chicago's Westside last year. She had just delivered a moving but all-too-familiar speech--part of her personal crusade against drugs and their devastating consequences. Stately, elegant and full of grace, Lonise Bias was intimate with sorrow. She shared with me her pain and many sleepless nights since cocaine had killed Len, her eldest son, four years before.