A 31-year-old man has been convicted of first-degree murder for stabbing to death a reputed Reservoir Hill drug dealer and cutting up his body with a hacksaw.
A city Circuit Court jury late last night found Hazard Shaw Wilson Jr. guilty of the slaying and armed robbery of 48-year-old Edward McBride on Oct. 8, 1989.
Wilson faces a maximum term of life in prison when he is sentenced by Judge Elsbeth Levy Bothe Jan. 28.
McBride, of the 2600 block of Madison Ave., was lured to an apartment in the 2500 block of Madison Ave. by Ramona Rolen-Valraie, a 23-year-old woman who was living there with Wilson. Rolen-Valraie testified that she called McBride to the apartment for a drug buy. She has pleaded guilty to participating in the slaying and faces a 15-year prison sentence.
She said that after the phone call, in which a large quantity of cocaine was demanded, Wilson promised to "cut [McBride's] throat."
Wilson then examined a large hunting knife, Rolen-Valraie testified. "Yeah, this will work," Wilson told her.
When McBride arrived, Rolen-Valraie greeted him with a hug and Wilson attacked him with the knife, she said. McBride was stabbed nine times in the chest and back.
"It seemed unreal," Rolen-Valraie testified. "He stabbed him . . . unmercifully."
The couple then filled a pipe with McBride's cocaine and smoked some of it, she said. They also took about $300 from him.
Rolen-Valraie testified that a couple of days later Wilson sent her to a hardware store to buy a hacksaw, some trash bags, rubber gloves and some rope. On a balcony, she said, Wilson severed McBride's legs, wrapped them in newspaper and stuffed them in a trash bag.
The bags were dumped in a pile of rubble behind a house in the 2500 block of Madison Ave., four doors down from the murder scene. A worker with a hauling company punctured one of the bags Jan. 17 -- exposing the victim's torso.
Wilson, who took the stand Monday, denied involvement in the killing and suggested that neighbors on Madison Avenue rowhouse may have killed McBride. "I knew nothing about the murder," he said.
Defense lawyer Lewyn S. Garrett said the police did not look for the true killers. "They didn't care," he said.
Prosecutor Mark Cohen said McBride was "murdered beyond belief" by a man who disliked him and who was desperate for drugs.