A prosecutor has painted Timothy M. Jones, 20, as the man who set into motion the slaying of a Baltimore schoolteacher by allegedly supplying the murder weapon.
"The defendant did not shoot him," Assistant City State's Attorney Sharon R. Holback said yesterday in her opening statement. "You are judging the case of the man who made it all possible."
Jones has been charged with being an accessory to the armed robbery and murder of Jerome C. McDaniel, a popular Ashburton Elementary School teacher, on Oct. 20, 1989. His jury trial resumes today in Baltimore Circuit Court.
Holback accused Jones of providing Derrick A. Allbrook, 17, with the .22-caliber handgun used to kill McDaniel.
Holback said Jones had picked up the gun at home on Druid Park Drive and given it to Allbrook. After the shooting, she said, Jones hid the weapon in the back yard of his home.
With the gun, Allbrook set out into the night looking for a victim he knew would be "defenseless and helpless," Holback said.
The gunman found McDaniel, a "decent human being who was alone and unprotected" that night in the park, Holback said.
Allbrook pleaded guilty Monday to robbing and murdering McDaniel and is to be sentenced by Judge Ellen M. Heller early next year.
In a confession to police, Allbrook said the plan was to "rob a faggot" to get money to buy cocaine. Initially, Allbrook said Jones squeezed off the four fatal shots, but he later broke down and admitted being the triggerman.
McDaniel, screaming for help, was shot once in the leg and three times in the chest on a field near the Baltimore Zoo's Reptile House, a spot frequented by homosexual men.
In an angry confrontation after the shooting, Jones lashed out at Allbrook for killing McDaniel instead of beating the victim and taking his car, Holback said.
Defense lawyer James Salkin told the jury Allbrook got the gun, shot McDaniel and hid the pistol. Jones, he said, had "absolutely nothing to do with the killing."
"Only . . . after the killing was over did he find out where the gun was," Salkin said.
Allbrook and Jones have been charged with another murder near the Reptile House. In that case, a 41-year-old man was robbed and killed on Dec. 26, 1988.