Attempted Murder Trial Delayed For Baltimore Man

September 23, 1990|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff writer

The trial for a Baltimore City man accused of attempting to run down a state trooper in the parking lot of Kiddie City in Bel Air has been postponed.

Joseph A. Stillings, 34, is charged with attempted murder, assault with intent to prevent apprehension, assault and theft for the Jan. 28 incident.

Jury selection for the trial was to start before Harford Circuit Judge Cypert O. Whitfill on Thursday. But another trial ran longer than expected forcing Stillings' trial to be postponed, court officials said.

Stillings is expected to get a new trial date in two or three weeks, court officials said.

Circuit Court documents said Stillings attempted to strike Cpl. William Harden with a car after the officer discovered Stillings and another man taking computer game boards and power packs from a Kiddie City store in the 700 block of Bel Air Road.

The police report filed in Circuit Court said Stillings was in the passenger seat of the car when Harden walked up to the front of the vehicle.

Stillings then pushed the driver out from behind the steering wheel and gunned the car toward Harden, the report said.

"The defendant, while in the driver's seat, accelerated the vehicle toward Cpl. Harden," the report said. "Cpl. Harden had to jump out of the way of the vehicle to avoid being hit."

Harden, stationed at the state police Benson barracks, fired shots at the tires of Stillings' vehicle to prevent it from leaving the scene, the police report said.

The computer game boards and power packs taken from the toy store were valued at $750.

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